Connecting defects and amorphization in UiO-66 and MIL-140 metal-organic frameworks: a combined experimental and computational study.

  title={Connecting defects and amorphization in UiO-66 and MIL-140 metal-organic frameworks: a combined experimental and computational study.},
  author={Thomas Douglas Bennett and Tanya K. Todorova and Emma F. Baxter and David G. Reid and Christel Gervais and Bart Bueken and Ben Van de Voorde and Dirk E. De Vos and David A. Keen and Caroline Mellot‐Draznieks},
  journal={Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP},
  volume={18 3},
The mechanism and products of the structural collapse of the metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) , and upon ball-milling are investigated through solid state (13)C NMR and pair distribution function (PDF) studies, finding amorphization to proceed by the breaking of a fraction of metal-ligand bonding in each case. The amorphous products contain inorganic-organic bonding motifs reminiscent of the crystalline phases. Whilst the inorganic Zr6O4(OH)4 clusters of remain intact upon structural collapse… 
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