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Highlighting recent work by Prof. Caro, Prof. Volkmer and their teams

Tuning porosity in metal-organic frameworks with an external electric field

Recently, Prof. Caro from the University of Hannover and Prof. Volkmer from the University of Augsburg published in Science about the deformation of metal-organic frameworks in the influence of an external electric field. They formed membrane layer of the MOF ZIF-8 and found that it was converted into a polar polymorph with a stiffer lattice in response to an applied E-field. This change reduced gas transport through the membrane but for certain gas mixtures such as propane and propene, also improved their separation factor.

see Sciene, 358 (2017) 347-351

We congratulate the teams for their great work!