Mechanism of carbon dioxide adsorption in a highly selective coordination network supported by direct structural evidence

Anna M. Plonka, Debasis Banerjee, William R. Woerner, Zhijuan Zhang, Nour Nijem, Yves J. Chabal, Jing Li, John B. Parise

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Trapped in a porous material: The position of adsorbed CO2 in a nanoporous coordination framework was determined using a combination of techniques including single-crystal X-ray diffraction, in situ X-ray powder diffraction coupled with differential scanning calorimetry, and theoretical calculations. The study reveals that the adsorbed CO2 stays in a "pocket" between two phenyl rings, interacting with the aromatic electron density (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1692-1695
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 4 2013



  • CO adsorption
  • X-ray diffraction
  • metal-organic frameworks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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