Thermodynamic analysis of the breathing of amino-functionalized MIL-53(Al) upon CO2 adsorption

Anne Boutin*, Sarah Couck, Franois Xavier Coudert, Pablo Serra-Crespo, Jorge Gascon, Freek Kapteijn, Alain H. Fuchs, Joeri F.M. Denayer

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Carbon dioxide gas adsorption in amino-functionalized MIL-53(Al) at various temperatures has been analysed in combination with temperature programmed XRD. Similarly to the regular MIL-53(Al) material, the so-called breathing phenomenon was shown to take place in the amino-MIL-53 upon adsorption of different molecules, i.e. the transition between a large-pore (lp) and a narrow-pore (np) structure. Using the osmotic thermodynamic model analysis, the temperature-loading phase diagram was derived. The overall diagram is similar to that for the regular MIL-53(Al), but a spectacular difference is the much larger stability domain of the np structure, which can be accounted for by the increased affinity for CO2 due to the presence of the amino groups in the pore space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-113
Number of pages6
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Ruud Hendrikx at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Delft University of Technology is acknowledged for the X-ray analysis. J.G. gratefully acknowledges the Netherlands National Science Foundation (NWO) for his personal VENI grant. J.F.M.D. acknowledges FWO Vlaanderen for financial support.


  • Adsorption
  • Metal-Organic Framework
  • Theory
  • Thermodynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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