A combined theoretical and experimental approach demonstrates that nanocluster embedment into the pores of metal-organic frameworks (MOF) may be influenced by the chemical functionalisation of the MOF. Furthermore, this results in the surface functionalisation of the embedded nanoclusters, highlighting the potential of MOF scaffolds for the design and synthesis of novel functional materials.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
To the European Commission through the European Research Council (ERC StG C3ENV GA 256962). The authors acknowledge the facilities, and the scientific and technical assistance of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility at the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis, the University of Western Australia, a facility funded by the University, State and Commonwealth Governments. C. E. B. acknowledges the financial support of the Australia China Science and Research Fund - Joint Research Centre for Energy ACSRF00681. The authors acknowledge the use of equipment, scientific and technical assistance of the WA X-Ray Surface Analysis Facility, funded by the Australian Research Council LIEF grant LE120100026. P. A. S. acknowledges the financial support of the EPSRC, grant number EP/N00938X/1. The synchrotron X-ray experiments were performed at the JAEA beamlines of BL22XU (Proposal No. 2015B3786) at SPring-8 under the Shared Use Program of JAEA Facilities (Proposal No. 2015B-E16). The use of the JAEA beamline of BL22XU is also supported by NIMS microstructural characterisation platform as a programme of "Nanotechnology Platform" of MEXT, Japan under Proposal No. A-15-AE-0017.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry