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Introduction of Molecular Building Blocks to Improve the Stability of Metal–Organic Frameworks for Efficient Mercury Removal

  • Shu-Yi Jiang
    Shu-Yi Jiang
    Institute of Functional Material Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 130024 Jilin, China
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  • Wen-Wen He
    Wen-Wen He
    School of Chemistry and Life Science, Advanced Institute of Materials Science, Changchun University of Technology, Changchun 130012, China
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  • Shun-Li Li
    Shun-Li Li
    China Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, 210023 Jiangsu, China
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  • Zhong-Min Su*
    Zhong-Min Su
    Institute of Functional Material Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 130024 Jilin, China
    *E-mail: [email protected]
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  • Ya-Qian Lan*
    Ya-Qian Lan
    China Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofunctional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, 210023 Jiangsu, China
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Cite this: Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 10, 6118–6123
Publication Date (Web):May 8, 2018
Copyright © 2018 American Chemical Society

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    With expanding human needs, many heavy metals were mined, smelted, processed, and manufactured for commercialization, which caused serious environmental pollutions. Currently, many adsorption materials are applied in the field of adsorption of heavy metals. Among them, the principle of many mercury adsorbents is based on the interaction between mercury and sulfur. Here, a S-containing metal–organic framework NENU-400 was synthesized for effective mercury extraction. Unfortunately, the skeleton of NENU-400 collapsed easily when exposed to the mercury liquid solution. To improve the stability, a synthetic strategy installing molecular building blocks (MBBs) into the channels was used. Modified by the MBBs, a more stable nanoporous framework was synthesized, which not only exhibits a high capacity of saturation mercury uptake but also shows high selectivity and efficient recyclability.

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