Ultrastable Zirconium-Based Cationic Metal-Organic Frameworks for Perrhenate Removal from Wastewater

Guoyu Zhang, Kui Tan, Shikai Xian, Kai Xing, Hongbing Sun, Gene Hall, Liangying Li, Jing Li

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The effective removal of radioactive 99TcO4- anion from nuclear wastewater remains a very difficult unsolved problem. Functional adsorbent materials with high stability, anion-exchange capacity, excellent selectivity, and recyclability are much needed to solve this problem. In this work, we designed two stable cationic metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)-Zr-tcbp-Me and Zr-tcpp-Me-for possible use as adsorbent materials to remove 99TcO4-. Both compounds were synthesized by solvothermal reactions of the tetracarboxylate ligand with zirconium salt, followed by postsynthetic modification (N-methylation). The crystallinity of both zirconium-based MOFs can be well retained under harsh conditions, and they exhibit high adsorption capacity and selectivity toward ReO4- anion, a nonradioactive analogue of 99TcO4-. Zr-tcbp-Me and Zr-tcpp-Me demonstrate the highest framework stability toward acidity among all previously reported cationic MOFs that have been tested for perrhenate removal from wastewater.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11730-11738
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 16 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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