Fabrication of core-shell MIL-101(Cr)@UiO-66(Zr) nanocrystals for hydrogen storage

Jianwei Ren, Nicholas M. Musyoka, Henrietta W. Langmi, Brian C. North, Mkhulu Mathe, Xiangdong Kang

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The fabrication of core-shell nanocrystals by incorporating microporous UiO-66 into mesoporous MIL-101 is reported. The growth of the core-shell MIL-101@UiO-66 nanocrystals was observed and supported by TEM and PXRD. The accessible pore volumes of the individual metal-organic framework (MOF) components and the core-shell hybrid crystals were also characterized. The hydrogen storage capacity exhibited by the resulting core-shell nanocrystals was 26% and 60% higher than those of pure phase MIL-101 and UiO-66, respectively. Finally, the fabricated core-shell MIL-101@UiO-66 structure exhibited a high degree of moisture tolerance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14912-14917
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Core-shell MOFs
  • Hydrogen storage
  • MIL-101
  • Moisture tolerance
  • UiO-66

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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