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General Chemistry ›› 2018, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (3): 180003-180003.DOI: 10.21127/yaoyigc20180003

Special Issue: Metal-Organic Frameworks

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Metal-Organic Frameworks for Mercury Sensing and Removal

Xuan Wanga*(), Jillian N Manikoffa   

  1. Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, the United States
  • Received:2018-01-18 Accepted:2018-02-13 Online:2018-09-23 Published:2018-09-23
  • Contact: Xuan Wang


Removal of mercury contaminants from nature receives a global attention from a biological and environmental standpoint. Recently, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) show much promises in the adsorptive removal of mercury species. This review summarizes the recent studies on the MOF-based materials for mercury sensing and removal. The design of those materials are listed in five categories—use of unfunctionalized MOFs, linker design of MOFs, modification of MOF system, post-synthetic modification of the frameworks, and development of MOF-based composites. Finally, several key learning points are discussed in the aim of a facilitating new design of MOF-based sensors and adsorbents for mercury.

Key words: metal-organic frameworks, Hg sensing and removal, linker design, post-synthetic modification, composites

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