Porous Ti-MOF-74 Framework as a Strong-Binding Nitric Oxide Scavenger. Academic Article uri icon


  • Combining synthesis, infrared spectroscopy, and ab initio modeling we show that the titanium-based porous framework Ti-MOF-74 has potential as an environmental nitric oxide (NO) scavenger, exhibiting an extraordinarily strong binding affinity and selectivity over other flue-gas components. The robustness upon exposure to water vapor and high flue-gas stack temperatures suggests that this material can perform well in an industrial environment. In-depth analysis of the Ti-NO bond indicates that the NO forms a strong covalent bond with the Ti. The process of this NO bond formation involves a reaction with the OH- capping groups of the Ti to form NOx groups, after which the excess NO binds to the open Ti metal sites. Ti-MOF-74 thus becomes, to the best of our knowledge, the first known porous framework that binds NO significantly stronger than water, providing novel avenues for environmental and physiological scavenging applications.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 2.5

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Jensen, Stephanie||Tan, Kui||Feng, Liang||Li, Jing||Zhou, Hong-Cai||Thonhauser, Timo

publication date

  • September 2020