Pingyun Feng1 Xianhui Bu2

1, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, United States
2, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, United States

Metal-organic framework materials (MOFs) are among the most fascinating families of solid state materials, because of their highly tunable compositions, structures, and properties. In this presentation, strategies for the synthesis of new porous MOFs will be discussed, with the focus on the use of different metallic elements and their various combinations. The talk will cover our recent efforts on functionalizing MOF for enhancing gas sorption. The pore space of MOF can be engineered by using extra-framework ligands or nested cage-in-cage configurations to tune the gas sorption properties. The development of the optimum pore architectures for enhanced gas sorption will be covered. To maximize the pore space utilization, we are pursuing a unique synthetic paradigm that is based on the delicate pore space partition through nested pore architecture by using complementary coordination properties of multitopic ligands. In addition to focus on the application in gas adsorption, the potential application of these materials in energy related areas will also be covered.