New metal-free MOFs show early promise for nuclear chemistry

Researchers from the Universities of Liverpool, Southampton, and Nottingham have created new metal-free metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) using non-metallic ions like chloride. These frameworks, called N-MOFs, were developed using computational crystal structure prediction to ensure stability and predict crystal structures. The N-MOFs demonstrate practical promise in nuclear chemistry, particularly for iodine capture. They also offer potential applications in proton conduction, catalysis, water capture, and hydrogen storage. This advancement could provide a cost-effective and scalable alternative to traditional metal-based MOFs.

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