Long-Term Photostability in Terephthalate Metal–Organic Frameworks

Diego Mateo, Andrea Santiago-Portillo, Josep Albero, Sergio Navalón, Mercedes Alvaro, Hermenegildo García

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Prolonged (weeks) UV/Vis irradiation under Ar of UiO-66(Zr), UiO66 Zr-NO2, MIL101 Fe, MIL125 Ti-NH2, MIL101 Cr and MIL101 Cr(Pt) shows that these MOFs undergo photodecarboxylation of benzenedicarboxylate (BDC) linker in a significant percentage depending on the structure and composition of the material. Routine characterization techniques such as XRD, UV/Vis spectroscopy and TGA fail to detect changes in the material, although porosity and surface area change upon irradiation of powders. In contrast to BCD-containing MOFs, zeolitic imidazolate ZIF-8 does not evolve CO2 or any other gas upon irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17843-17848
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • CO evolution
  • long-term stability
  • metal–organic frameworks
  • photocatalysis
  • photodecarboxylation

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