Special Issue "MOF-Based Nanostructured Materials: Synthesis and Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Synthesis, Interfaces and Nanostructures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ki-Hyun Kim
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Dr. Dimitrios Giannakoudakis
Guest Editor
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland
Interests: physicochemical, structural, optical, and surface chemistry features of nanostructured materials; photocatalysis; mechanochemistry; ultrasound; sonophotochemistry; interfacial phenomena in catalysis; detoxification of toxic vapors; biomass valorization; selective oxidation processes; adsorptive air and water remediation; materials chemistry; MOFs and metal oxides nanocomposites; activated carbons; graphite/graphite oxide; graphitic carbon nitride polymer; semiconductor nanocatalysts; carbon quantum dots
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Dr. Mariusz Barczak
Guest Editor
Institute of chemical Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland
Interests: use of adsorption processes for water remediation, particularly removal of emerging pollutants from waters and wastewaters; synthesis and characterization of nanostructured porous materials; tailored surface functionalization for specific applications; fabrication of magnetic hydrogels for biomedical applications; sol–gel method
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metal-Organic Frameworks, also known as porous coordination polymers (PCPs) or porous coordination networks (PCNs), are among the various classes of materials that gained a global interest, predominately due to their unique textural features (e.g., significantly high surface area and porosity). Over the past decade, the number of the known frameworks/structures, theoretically or synthesized, have increased drastically, exceeding nowadays 75,000 in number (based on the Cambridge Structural Database), since a plethora of combinations of the metals, as single ions or as clusters, with the possible organic moieties for linkers exist. MOFs are recognized as promising candidates for various applications, especially due to the tunable chemistry upon functionalization or creation of defects. Although MOFs suffer from several drawbacks like the lack of stability (e.g., upon exposure to humidity, lack of reusability, and difficulties for a real-life application), a number of approaches have been devised to overcome such flaws. The formation of functionalized nanostructured MOFs, nanocomposites based on MOFs, or the dispersion of the MOF-phase on substances not only allow to bypass their drawbacks but also to enhance their functionality and performances. The utilization of the frameworks at one specific application (e.g., sensor) and then to an alternative one (such as adsorbent with or without modification) is also of a highly demanding topic to be explored for a sustainable future.

The main aim of this Special Issue, “MOF-based nanostructured materials: Synthesis and Applications” is to collect original and innovative reports (original research, communications, or review articles) presenting the very latest trends and developments on the synthesis, characterization, and applications of MOF-based nanomaterials and nanocomposites. In case of “Synthesis,” comprehensive evaluation of the materials, especially with respect to the detailed characterization of textural parameters based on comparative analysis with other materials is recommended. Further, in case of “Application.” the scope for this Special Issue is unlimited, although environmental-friendly approaches such as adsorption and catalysis are of the foremost interest.

Prof. Dr. Ki-Hyun Kim
Dr. Dimitrios Giannakoudakis
Dr. Mariusz Barczak
Guest Editors

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  • nanostructured metal organic frameworks
  • MOF based nanocomposites
  • functionalization of MOFs
  • nano-engineering supports with MOFs
  • tuning the textural features of MOFs

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New Efficient Adsorbent Materials for the Removal of Cd(II) from Aqueous Solutions
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(5), 899; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10050899 - 08 May 2020
The rapid increase of industrial activities leads to serious environmental pollution, especially, in aqueous systems and particularly with heavy metals. Cadmium, one of the most poisonous elements, is rapidly accumulated in the human body, therefore, the efficient removal of cadmium ions from wastewater [...] Read more.
The rapid increase of industrial activities leads to serious environmental pollution, especially, in aqueous systems and particularly with heavy metals. Cadmium, one of the most poisonous elements, is rapidly accumulated in the human body, therefore, the efficient removal of cadmium ions from wastewater is an urgent need. Coordination networks (CNs) and its subdivision metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), are structured porous composites which present various special properties. In this work two CNs were used as adsorbent materials for the removal of Cd(II) ions from aqueous solutions. By the reaction of CoSO4·7H2O and NiSO4·7H2O with N,N-bis(phosphonomethyl)glycine (Gly) in hydrothermal conditions two CNs—Co–Gly and Ni–Gly— were synthesized, respectively. Cadmium adsorption onto the studied CNs was conducted in batch mode, and the effect of pH, initial concentration, contact time, temperature and sorbent weight on the sorption process were investigated. Parametric Method 3 (PM3)semi-empirical analyses of the CNs’ structural properties were performed in order to predict the adsorption properties. For this reason, two octahedral models were calculated and computational predictions were compared with the experimental results. Both computational and experimental adsorption studies found that Ni–Gly presents higher affinity for cadmium ions. Moreover, the adsorbent materials can be readily regenerated and recycled without significant loss of cadmium uptake capacity. Full article
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