A robust soc-MOF platform exhibiting high gravimetric uptake and volumetric deliverable capacity for on-board methane storage


Emerging as an outperformed class of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), square-octahedron (soc) topology MOFs (soc-MOFs) feature superior properties of high porosity, large gas storage capacity, and excellent thermal/chemical stability. We report here an iron based soc-MOF, denoted as Fe-pbpta (H4pbpta = 4,4′,4″,4‴-(1,4-phenylenbis(pyridine-4,2-6-triyl))-tetrabenzoic acid) possessing a very high Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) surface area of 4,937 m2/g and a large pore volume of 2.15 cm3/g. The MOF demonstrates by far the highest gravimetric uptake of 369 cm3(STP)/g under the DOE operational storage conditions (35 bar and 298 K) and a high volumetric deliverable capacity of 192 cc/cc at 298 K and 65 bar. Furthermore, Fe-pbpta exhibits high thermal and aqueous stability making it a promising candidate for on-board methane storage.

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This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies and Vehicle Technologies Offices under Award Number DE-EE0008812. S. K. acknowledges the financial support from the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India (No. F 5-80/2014(IC)). ChemMatCARS Sector 15 is principally supported by the Divisions of Chemistry (CHE) and Materials Research (DMR), National Science Foundation, under Grant Number NSF/CHE-1346572. Use of the Advanced Photon Source, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory, was supported by the U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. G. V. would further like to acknowledge Jason Exley (Sales Engineer, Micromeritics USA) for help and support provided with the measurements and the HKUST reference data.

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Verma, G., Kumar, S., Vardhan, H. et al. A robust soc-MOF platform exhibiting high gravimetric uptake and volumetric deliverable capacity for on-board methane storage. Nano Res. 14, 512–517 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-020-2794-9

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  • metal-organic framework (MOF)
  • reticular chemistry
  • methane storage
  • aqueous stability
  • high gravimetric and volumetric uptake