Journal of Flow Chemistry

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 13–17 | Cite as

Continuous Synthesis of the Metal-Organic Framework CPO-27-Ni from Aqueous Solutions

  • Terje Didriksen
  • Aud I. Spjelkavik
  • Richard Blom
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A continuous synthesis route of the metal-organic framework (MOF) CPO-27-Ni (also known as Ni2(dhtp), Ni/DOBDC or Ni-MOF-74) from aqueous solutions of the nickel acetate and sodium salt of the 2,5-dihydroxyterephtalate linker using tubular reactor techniques has been developed. When running the reaction at 90 °C, a conversion of above 90% is reached in just 20 min. The resulting MOF has a specific surface area (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller [BET]) of around 1085 m2/g and a powder X-ray diffraction pattern consistent with the known CPO-27-Ni structure. Scanning electron microscopy clearly shows that crystallite sizes around 40 nm are obtained when using the tubular reactor approach, while state-of-the-art batch synthesis in water typically gives micrometer-sized crystallites as product. The tubular reactor setup can be easily up-scaled by parallelization.


metal-organic framework continuous synthesis tubular reactor water synthesis nano-crystals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terje Didriksen
    • 1
  • Aud I. Spjelkavik
    • 1
  • Richard Blom
    • 1
  1. 1.SINTEF Materials and ChemistryOsloNorway

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