Anharmonic Origin of Giant Thermal Displacements in the Metal-Organic Framework UiO-67

Katrine L. Svane, Jessica K. Bristow, Aron Walsh

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The crystallography of mechanically soft materials such as hybrid organic-inorganic compounds often reveals large thermal displacement factors and partially occupied lattice sites, which can arise from static or dynamic disorder. A combination of ab initio lattice dynamics and molecular dynamics simulations reveals the origin of the giant thermal displacements in the biphenyl-4,4′-dicarboxylate (BPDC) linker in the metal-organic framework UiO-67. The dihedral angle between the two phenyl rings has two equivalent minima at ±31°, which cannot be described by harmonic phonons. Instead, anharmonic switching between the minima results in the experimentally observed large thermal ellipsoids. The switching frequency is found to be similar in the topologically distinct framework IRMOF-10, suggesting that dynamic disorder is a general feature of MOFs based on BPDC and structurally similar linkers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22010-22014
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume121
Issue number40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 12

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Metals
metals
Inorganic compounds
Crystallography
Lattice vibrations
Switching frequency
disorders
Dihedral angle
Phonons
inorganic compounds
Molecular dynamics
ellipsoids
crystallography
dihedral angle
phonons
Computer simulation
molecular dynamics
harmonics
Hot Temperature
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  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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Svane, Katrine L. ; Bristow, Jessica K. ; Walsh, Aron. / Anharmonic Origin of Giant Thermal Displacements in the Metal-Organic Framework UiO-67. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2017 ; Vol. 121, No. 40. pp. 22010-22014.
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In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 121, No. 40, 12.10.2017, p. 22010-22014.

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