Rapid synthesis of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanocrystals in an aqueous system

Yichang Pan, Yunyang Liu, Gaofeng Zeng, Lan Zhao, Zhiping Lai

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We report here the first example of ZIF materials synthesized in aqueous solution. The synthesis was performed at room temperature and typically took several minutes compared to hours and days in non-aqueous conditions. The obtained product were ZIF-8 nanocrystals having size of ∼85 nm and showed excellent thermal, hydrothermal and solvothermal stabilities. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2071
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We acknowledge Dr Hua Tan and Dr Bei Zhang from KAUST core facilities for the measurements of N2 adsorption and in situ XRD, respectively. This work was supported by the faculty distribution fund from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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