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Copper-Based MOF HKUST-1

BTC linked Copper MOF with unique adsorption properties

HKUST-1 MOF (29-3050) is one of the oldest and well-studied metal organic framework (MOF) (Fig. 1). It was developed nearly 20 years ago [1] and still attracts interest from academic and industrial institutions. HKUST stands for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

HKUST-1 is made up of Cu2+ dimers coordinated to the oxygen atoms of 1,3,5-benzene tricarboxylate (BTC) (08-0195). Struts between them form pore sizes with surface areas of 1634 m2/g (BET), and pore volumes of 0.5768 m3/g within the framework which can be used effectively for gas storage. 


Fig. 1. Structure and SEM images of the Cu3(BTC)2 (HKUST-1) MOF
Reprinted with permission from:
Kenji Sumida, David L. Rogow, Jarad A. Mason, et al. Chem. Rev. 2012, 112, 724-781

Copyright 2012 American Chemical Society;
Jian Liu, Yu Wang, Annabelle I. Benin, et al Langmuir 2010, 26(17), 14301-14307;
Copyright 2010 American Chemical Society

Most of the studies involving HKUST-1 material are dedicated to the CO2 capture and storage. Indeed, high CO2 capacity of 0.55 mol/kg  was found as a point of interest for flue gas application (25°C, 0.1 atm CO2 partial pressure) [2, 4]. CO2 capture performance of HKUST-1 in a sound assisted fluidized bed is reported elsewhere [3]. Pure gas adsorption data of nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane were studied at temperatures between 303 and 343 K and pressures up to 50 MPa by using gravimetric methods [4, 5]. HKUST-1 MOF is also a promising material for hydrogen storage with a storage capacity of 0.47 wt.% of H2 at 303 K and 35 bar [6], and also for NH3 adsorption [7].

We also offer other copper based MOFs: 29-3015; 29-0550; 29-0565 which are reviewed in the corresponding blog.


  1.  Science 1999, 283, 1148.
  2.  Langmuir, 2010, 26, 14301.
  3.  Chem. Eng. J, 2014, 239, 75.
  4.  Microporous Mesoporous Mat., 2011, 138, 140.
  5.  Chem. Rev. 2012, 112, 724.
  6.  Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37, 13865.
  7.  J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 19839.


Products Mentioned:

29-3050 Copper benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate MOF, HKUST-1(Cu) (51937-85-0)
08-0195 1,3,5-Tricarboxybenzene, min. 95% (Trimesic acid) BTC (554-95-0)
29-3015 Bis(1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane)tetra(copper(I) iodide) (CuI)4(DABCO)2 (928170-42-7)
29-0550 Bis(N,N'-dimethylpiperazine)tetra[copper(I) iodide], 98% MOF (1401708-91-5)
29-0565 (Hexamethylenetetramine)penta[copper(I) cyanide], 98% MOF (1042093-98-0)


Related Products and Materials:

Metal Organic Frameworks
MOFs and Ligands for MOF Synthesis
Metal Organic Frameworks and Ligands for MOF Synthesis Booklet




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