Exceptional Packing Density of Ammonia in a Dual-Functionalized Metal–Organic Framework

Christopher Marsh, Xue Han, Jiangnan Li, Zhenzhong Lu, Stephen P. Argent, Ivan Da Silva, Yongqiang Cheng, Luke L. Daemen, Anibal J. Ramirez-cuesta, Stephen P. Thompson, Alexander J. Blake, Sihai Yang, Martin Schröder

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We report the reversible adsorption of ammonia (NH3) up to 9.9 mmol g–1 in a robust Al-based metal–organic framework, MFM-303(Al), which is functionalized with free carboxylic acid and hydroxyl groups. The unique pore environment decorated with these acidic sites results in an exceptional packing density of NH3 at 293 K (0.801 g cm–3) comparable to that of solid NH3 at 193 K (0.817 g cm–3). In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering reveal the critical role of free −COOH and −OH groups in immobilizing NH3 molecules. Breakthrough experiments confirm the excellent performance of MFM-303(Al) for the capture of NH3 at low concentrations under both dry and wet conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6586-6592
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number17
Early online date22 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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