Metal-Organic Framework (MOF)-based Composites

A special issue of Journal of Composites Science (ISSN 2504-477X). This special issue belongs to the section "Metal Composites".

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Dear Colleagues,

The development of porous nanoparticles and the manufacture of polymer composites containing this class of nanoparticles is currently of vital importance. Principally, porous structures make it possible to load water, gas, corrosion inhibitors, and drugs inside the pores for a wide range of applications. Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), structurally known as porous coordination polymers (PCPs), are organic–inorganic highly porous media obtained through a precisely controlled combination of metal cations and organic molecules. The broad range of complex metal cations and connector molecules from one side and the flexibility of synthesis routes from which MOFs can be achieved, along with a variety of post-modification techniques to be used from the other side, give rise to a limitless number of MOF structures with 1D, 2D, or 3D forms. Recently, mixed-metal MOFs and reproducible bio-MOFs have received much attention, which can be achieved by hybridizing metal cations and biomolecules (e.g., peptides), instead of conventional organic linkers. Overall, exceptional characteristics of MOFs including very high surface area (theoretically up to 15,000 m2/g) with tailorable pore size and architecture together with ease of functionalization and high mechanical and thermal stability give reason to choose MOFs among possible candidates for developing composite structures. MOF-based materials have been vastly exploited in diversified fields, and importantly, in environmental engineering. The intriguing characteristics of these constructs, such as their super-adsorptive capacity, chemical versatility, photochemical activity, and excellent reusability, have made them superior candidates for environmental health demands and water treatment. Thus, the development of different families of MOFs, especially polymeric-based complexes, is receiving much attention, for they make it possible to boost their intrinsic properties and make use of the carrier-like potential of MOFs. In this sense, this Special Issue attempts to give new perspective to researchers working on MOF composite structures and also those manufacturing MOF/polymer composites. We welcome the submission of original research papers (4000–6000 words), reviews (either short or mini-reviews (2000–3000 words) or comprehensive reviews (8000–12,000 words)), short communications (1500–2500 words), and notes (1000–1500 words) for this Special Issue, which will be reviewed by experts.

We seek manuscripts addressing topics including, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Synthesis and characterization of novel MOF-based structures;
  • Mechanical, electronic, and chemical stability behavior of MOF-based complexes;
  • Reusability of MOF-based composite structures;
  • Anti-corrosion properties of MOF-based composite structures;
  • Self-cleaning properties MOF-based composite structures;
  • Antimicrobial properties MOF-based composite structures;
  • Water purification based on MOF composites;
  • MOFs as adsorbents, photocatalysts, and membranes;
  • MOF/polymer composites and nanocomposites;
  • Computational modeling of MOF composite structures;
  • Modeling the decontamination of water by MOF structures;
  • Molecular simulation of physiochemical characteristics of MOF-based complexes;
  • Stimuli-responsive MOF-based constructions.

Dr. Mohammad Reza Saeb
Prof. Florian J. Stadler
Prof. Mika Sillanpää
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  • Metal–organic frameworks
  • Zeolitic imidazolate framework
  • MOF
  • ZIF
  • Composites
  • Nanocomposites
  • MOF composites
  • Water treatment
  • Adsorption
  • Photocatalysis
  • Membrane
  • Separation and purification
  • Water quality
  • Polymer nanocomposites
  • Computational modeling
  • Molecular simulation
  • Environmental health
  • Computational techniques

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Metal–Organic Framework (MOF) through the Lens of Molecular Dynamics Simulation: Current Status and Future Perspective
by Amin Hamed Mashhadzadeh, Ali Taghizadeh, Mohsen Taghizadeh, Muhammad Tajammal Munir, Sajjad Habibzadeh, Azam Salmankhani, Florian J. Stadler and Mohammad Reza Saeb
J. Compos. Sci. 2020, 4(2), 75; - 17 Jun 2020
Cited by 29 | Viewed by 9866
As hybrid porous structures with outstanding properties, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have entered into a large variety of industrial applications in recent years. As a result of their specific structure, that includes metal ions and organic linkers, MOFs have remarkable and tunable properties, such [...] Read more.
As hybrid porous structures with outstanding properties, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have entered into a large variety of industrial applications in recent years. As a result of their specific structure, that includes metal ions and organic linkers, MOFs have remarkable and tunable properties, such as a high specific surface area, excellent storage capacity, and surface modification possibility, making them appropriate for many industries like sensors, pharmacies, water treatment, energy storage, and ion transportation. Although the volume of experimental research on the properties and performance of MOFs has multiplied over a short period of time, exploring these structures from a theoretical perspective such as via molecular dynamics simulation (MD) requires a more in-depth focus. The ability to identify and demonstrate molecular interactions between MOFs and host materials in which they are incorporates is of prime importance in developing next generations of these hybrid structures. Therefore, in the present article, we have presented a brief overview of the different MOFs’ properties and applications from the most recent MD-based studies and have provided a perspective on the future developments of MOFs from the MD viewpoint. Full article
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