A hafnium-based metal-organic framework for the entrapment of molybdenum hexacarbonyl and the light-responsive release of the gasotransmitter carbon monoxide


A carbon monoxide-releasing material (CORMA) has been prepared by inclusion of molybdenum hexacarbonyl in a hafnium-based metal-organic framework (MOF) with the UiO-66 architecture. Mo(CO)6 was adsorbed from solution to give supported materials containing 6.0?6.6 wt% Mo. As confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and SEM coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, neither the crystallinity nor the morphology of the porous host was affected by the loading process. While the general shape of the N2 physisorption isotherms (77 K) did not change significantly after encapsulation of Mo(CO)6, the micropore volume decreased by ca. 20%. Thermogravimetric analysis of the as-prepared materials revealed a weight loss step around 160 ?C associated with the decomposition of Mo(CO)6 to subcarbonyl species. Confirmation for the presence of encapsulated Mo (CO)6 complexes was provided by FT-IR and 13C{1H} cross-polarization magic-angle spinning NMR spectroscopies. To test the capability of these materials to behave as CORMAs and transfer CO to heme proteins, the standard myoglobin (Mb) assay was used. While stable in the dark, photoactivation with low-power UV light (365 nm) liberated CO from the encapsulated hexacarbonyl molecules in Mo(6.0)/UiO-66(Hf), leading to a maximum amount of 0.26 mmol CO released per gram of material. Under the simulated physiological conditions of the Mb assay (37 ?C, pH 7.4 buffer), minimal leaching of molybdenum occurred, PXRD showed only slight amorphization, and FT-IR spectroscopy confirmed the high chemical stability of the MOF host.




Materials Science, Biomaterials


Silva, AF; Calhau, IB; Gomes, AC; Valente, AA; Goncalves, IS; Pillinger, M

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We acknowledge funding provided within the project CICECOAveiro Institute of Materials, UIDB/50011/2020 & UIDP/50011/2020, the CENTRO 2020 Regional Operational Programme (project references CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-028031 and PTDC/QUI-QOR/28031/2017), and COMPETE 2020 Operational Thematic Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization (Project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030075), financed by national funds through the FCT (Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia)/MEC (Ministerio da Educacao e Ci encia) and when appropriate co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the Portugal 2020 Partnership Agreement.

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