Elena Gobechiya

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The geochemical fate of selenium is of key importance for today's society due to its role as a highly toxic essential micronutrient and as a significant component of high level radioactive waste (HLRW) originating from the operation of nuclear reactors. Understanding and prediction of the long-term behavior of Se in natural environments requires(More)
[*] Prof. D. E. De Vos, R. Ameloot, Dr. E. Gobechiya, Prof. J. A. Martens, Dr. L. Alaerts, Prof. B. F. Sels Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium) E-mail: Dirk.DeVos@biw.kuleuven.be Dr. H. Uji-i, Prof. J. Hofkens Department of(More)
Bioalcohols, such as bioethanol and biobutanol, are a promising alternative to petroleum-based chemicals. As a fuel, biobutanol has superior properties compared to bioethanol, including a higher energy density and a lower volatility. A major challenge in the economical production of biobutanol as chemical or fuel is its separation from the aqueous medium in(More)
The NH(2)-MIL-53(Al) metal-organic framework was studied for its use in the separation of CO(2) from CH(4), H(2), N(2)C(2)H(6) and C(3)H(8) mixtures. Isotherms of methane, ethane, propane, hydrogen, nitrogen, and CO(2) were measured. The atypical shape of these isotherms is attributed to the breathing properties of the material, in which a transition from a(More)
Silver nitrate induces spontaneous room temperature transformation of ZIF-8 into a composite of ZnO nanorods embedded in a ZIF-8 matrix. This first example of reverse transformation of ZIF-8 into ZnO is a convenient method for generating fixed ZnO nanoparticles in powders as well as films and coatings. The fabricated ZnO nanorod@ZIF-8 is photocatalytically(More)
Although the search for new zeolites has traditionally been based on trial and error, more rational methods are now available. The theoretical concept of inverse σ transformation of a zeolite framework to generate a new structure by removal of a layer of framework atoms and contraction has for the first time been achieved experimentally. The reactivity of(More)
Exposure of faujasite zeolites to different alkali hydroxide solutions readily yields zeolites with ABW, CHA, MER and ANA topologies. In NaOH faujasite persisted. Aside from new opportunities for zeolite synthesis, this reveals that a suitable aluminosilicate connectivity in the source material significantly facilitates zeolite crystallization.
A series of amino-functionalized MIL-53 with different metals as nodes has been synthesized. By determining adsorption properties and spectroscopic characterization, we unequivocally show that the interaction between the amines of the organic linker and bridging μ(2)-OH of the inorganic scaffold modulates metal organic framework (MOF) flexibility. The(More)
Gallium oxide nanorods with unprecedented small dimensions (20-80 nm length and 3-5 nm width) were prepared using a novel, template-free synthesis method. This nanomaterial is an excellent heterogeneous catalyst for the sustainable epoxidation of alkenes with H2 O2 , rivaling the industrial benchmark microporous titanosilicate TS-1 with linear alkenes and(More)
The metal-organic framework NH(2)-MIL-53(Al) is the first solid-state material displaying nonlinear optical switching due to a conformational change upon breathing. A switching contrast of at least 38 was observed. This transition originates in the restrained linker mobility in the very narrow pore configuration.