Thiophene-functionalized heteronuclear uranium organic framework for selective detection and adsorption towards Mercury (II)

Jianbo Xiong, Jie Chen, Yu Han, Yingchong Ge, Suijun Liu, Jianguo Ma, Shujuan Liu, Jianqiang Luo, Zhenzhen Xu, Xiaolan Tong

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Mercury (II) metal ion is a headache problem due to its highly toxic and widely spread as an environmental pollutant. Herein, we design and synthesized a thiophene based heteronuclear uranyl organic framework {[Na(UO2)3(μ3-O)(μ2-OH)3(2,5-TDC)]•2H2O} (2,5-TDC ​= ​thiophene-2,5-dicarboxylic acid) (UOF1) for the selective sensing and adsorption towards Hg (II) in water. Among which, the regular 1D open channels and the accessible active soft base sulfur atoms arrayed on the pore walls play an important role for the Hg (II) grabbing and deposition, while the unique charge-transfer based “multi-peaks” fluorescent emission from the uranium centers act as the sensor towards the Hg (II). The detection limit and adsorption capacity are 2.488✕10−9 ​M and 244.32 ​mg ​g−1, respectively, which are among the top level performance for Hg (II) detection and remediation. In addition, density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that the Hg (II) affinity arising from the synergetic interactions of sulfur and oxygen supported by the UOF skeleton. This research demonstrates the dual functional utilization of a fluorescent MOF for both sensing and removal of metal ion, which highlights the facile construction of functionalized MOFs for heavy metals remediation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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