Thermally Activated Adsorption in Metal–Organic Frameworks with a Temperature‐Tunable Diffusion Barrier Layer Academic Article uri icon


  • Modification of the external surfaces of metal-organic frameworks offers a new level of control over their adsorption behavior. It was previously shown that capping of MOFs with ethylenediamine (EDA) can effectively retain small gaseous molecules at room temperature. Reported here is a temperature-induced variation in the capping-layer gate-opening mechanism through a combination of in situ infared experiments and ab initio simulations of the capping layer. An atypical acceleration and increase in the loading of weakly adsorbed molecules upon raising the temperature above room temperature is observed. These findings show the discovery of novel temperature-dependent kinetics that goes beyond standard kinetics and suggest a new avenue for tailoring selective adsorption by thermally tuning the surface barrier.

altmetric score

  • 1.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Tan, K., Jensen, S., Wang, H., Feng, L., Wei, K., Zhou, H., Li, J., & Thonhauser, T.

citation count

  • 0

publication date

  • August 2020