The use of the osmotic thermodynamic model, combined with a series of methane and carbon dioxide gas adsorption experiments at various temperatures, has allowed shedding some new light on the fascinating phase behavior of flexible MIL-53(Al) metal-organic frameworks. A generic temperature-loading phase diagram has been derived; it is shown that the breathing effect in MIL-53 is a very general phenomenon, which should be observed in a limited temperature range regardless of the guest molecule. In addition, the previously proposed stress model for the structural transitions of MIL-53 is shown to be transferable from xenon to methane adsorption. The stress model also provides a theoretical framework for understanding the existence of lp/np phase mixtures at pressures close to the breathing transition pressure, without having to invoke an inhomogeneous distribution of the adsorbate in the porous sample.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films