Reversible Capture and Release of Cl2 and Br2 with a Redox-Active Metal-Organic Framework

Jacob Tarver, Yuri Tulchinsky, Christopher Hendon, Kirill Lomachenko, Elisa Borfecchia, Brent Melot, Matthew Hudson, Maciej Korzynski, Amanda Stubbs, Jacob Kagan, Carlo Lamberti, Craig Brown, Mircea Dinca

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Extreme toxicity, corrosiveness, and volatility pose serious challenges for the safe storage and transportation of elemental chlorine and bromine, which play critical roles in the chemical industry. Solid materials capable of forming stable nonvolatile compounds upon reaction with elemental halogens may partially mitigate these challenges by allowing safe halogen release on demand. Here we demonstrate that elemental halogens quantitatively oxidize coordinatively unsaturated Co(II) ions in a robust azolate metal-organic framework (MOF) to produce stable and safe-to-handle Co(III) materials featuring terminal Co(III)-halogen bonds. Thermal treatment of the oxidized MOF causes homolytic cleavage of the Co(III)-halogen bonds, reduction to Co(II), and concomitant release of elemental halogens. The reversible chemical storage and thermal release of elemental halogens occur with no significant losses of structural integrity, as the parent cobaltous MOF retains its crystallinity and porosity even after three oxidation/reduction cycles. These results highlight a material operating via redox mechanism that may find utility in the storage and capture of other noxious and corrosive gases.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)5992-5997
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number16
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-68403


  • capture
  • elemental halogens
  • metal-organic framework
  • MOF
  • storage


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