Loading of two related metal-organic frameworks (mofs), [Cu 2(bdc) 2(dabco)] and [Cu 2(ndc) 2(dabco)], with ferrocene

Romain Heck, Osama Shekhah, Olexandra Zybaylo, Peter G. Weidler, Frank Friedrich, Robert Maul, Wolfgang Wenzel, Christof Wöll*

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We have studied the loading of two related, similar porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) [Cu 2(bdc) 2(dabco)] (1), and [Cu 2(ndc) 2(dabco)] (2) with ferrocene by exposing bulk powder samples to the corresponding vapor. On the basis of powder X-ray diffraction data and molecular dynamics (MD) calculations we propose that each pore can store one ferrocene molecule. Despite the rather pronounced similarity of the two MOFs a quite different behavior is observed, for 1 loading with ferrocene leads to an anisotropic 1% contraction, whereas for 2 no deformation is observed. Mössbauer spectroscopy studies reveal that the Fe oxidation level remains unchanged during the process. Time dependent studies reveal that the diffusion constant governing the loading from the gas-phase for 1 is approximately three times larger than the value for 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1565-1574
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


  • Ferrocene
  • Loading
  • Mofs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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