Underlying mechanism of the hydrothermal instability of Cu3(BTC)2 metal-organic framework

Nadeen Al-Janabi, Abdullatif Alfutimie, Flor R. Siperstein, Xiaolei Fan

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Water induced decomposition of Cu3(BTC)2 (BTC = benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate) metal-organic framework (MOF) was studied using dynamic water vapour adsorption. Small-angle X-ray scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry analyses revealed that the underlying mechanism of Cu3(BTC)2 MOF decomposition under humid streams is the interpenetration of water molecules into Cu-BTC coordination to displace organic linkers (BTC) from Cu centres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalFrontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • dynamic water vapour adsorption
  • hydrothermal stability
  • metal-organic framework (MOF)
  • open metal sites (OMSs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (all)


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