Energy Transfer in Metal-Organic Frameworks for Fluorescence Sensing

Jian Xin Wang, Jun Yin, Osama Shekhah, Osman M. Bakr, Mohamed Eddaoudi, Omar F. Mohammed*

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The development of materials with outstanding performance for sensitive and selective detection of multiple analytes is essential for the development of human health and society. Luminescent metal-organic frameworks (LMOFs) have controllable surface and pore sizes and excellent optical properties. Therefore, a variety of LMOF-based sensors with diverse detection functions can be easily designed and applied. Furthermore, the introduction of energy transfer (ET) into LMOFs (ET-LMOFs) could provide a richer design concept and a much more sensitive and accurate sensing performance. In this review, we focus on the recent five years of advances in ET-LMOF-based sensing materials, with an emphasis on photochemical and photophysical mechanisms. We discuss in detail possible energy transfer processes within a MOF structure or between MOFs and guest materials. Finally, the possible sensing applications of the ET-LMOF-based sensors are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9970-9986
Number of pages17
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 2 2022


  • DFT calculations
  • energy transfer
  • luminescent metal−organic frameworks
  • photophysics
  • sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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