Analysis of high and selective uptake of CO2 in an Oxamide-containing {Cu2(OOCR)4}-based metal-organic framework

Nada H. Alsmail, Mikhail Suyetin, Yong Yan, Rafel Cabot, Cristina P. Krap, Jian Lü, Timothy L. Easun, Elena Bichoutskaia, William Lewis, Alexander J. Blake, Martin Schröder*

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The porous framework [Cu2(H2O)2L] η4H2Oη2DMA (H4L=oxalylbis(azanediyl)diisophthalic acid; DMA=N,N-dimethylacetamide), denoted NOTT-125, is formed by connection of {Cu2(RCOO)4} paddlewheels with the isophthalate linkers in L4-. A single crystal structure determination reveals that NOTT-125 crystallises in monoclinic unit cell with a=27.9161(6), b=18.6627(4) and c=32.3643(8)Å, β=112.655(3), space group P21/c. The structure of this material shows fof topology, which can be viewed as the packing of two types of cages (cageA and cageB) in three-dimensional space. CageA is constructed from twelve {Cu2(OOCR)4} paddlewheels and six linkers to form an ellipsoid-shaped cavity approximately 24.0Å along its long axis and 9.6Å across its central diameter. CageB consists of six {Cu2(OOCR)4} units and twelve linkers and has a spherical diameter of 12.7Å taking into account the van der Waals radii of the atoms. NOTT-125 incorporates oxamide functionality within the pore walls, and this, combined with high porosity in desolvated NOTT-125a, is responsible for excellent CO2 uptake (40.1wt% at 273K and 1bar) and selectivity for CO2 over CH4 or N2. Grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations show excellent agreement with the experimental gas isotherm data, and a computational study of the specific interactions and binding energies of both CO2 and CH4 with the linkers in NOTT-125 reveals a set of strong interactions between CO2 and the oxamide motif that are not possible with a single amide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7317-7324
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 10 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • carboxylic acid
  • copper
  • isophthalate
  • metal-organic frameworks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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