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Activation of porous MOF materials

United States Patent

April 23, 2013
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A method for the treatment of solvent-containing MOF material to increase its internal surface area involves introducing a liquid into the MOF in which liquid the solvent is miscible, subjecting the MOF to supercritical conditions for a time to form supercritical fluid, and releasing the supercritical conditions to remove the supercritical fluid from the MOF. Prior to introducing the liquid into the MOF, occluded reaction solvent, such as DEF or DMF, in the MOF can be exchanged for the miscible solvent.
Hupp; Joseph T. (Northfield, IL), Farha; Omar K. (Morton Grove, IL)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
12/ 928,321
December 8, 2010
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with government support under Grant No. DE-FG02-01ER15244 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.