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Title: Ion exchange in metal-organic framework for water purification: Insight from molecular simulation
Authors: Nalaparaju, A.
Jiang, J. 
Issue Date: 29-Mar-2012
Citation: Nalaparaju, A., Jiang, J. (2012-03-29). Ion exchange in metal-organic framework for water purification: Insight from molecular simulation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 116 (12) : 6925-6931. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A molecular simulation study is reported for ion exchange in a rho zeolite-like metal-organic framework (ZMOF). The nonframework Na + ions in rho-ZMOF are observed to exchange with Pb 2+ ions in PbCl 2 solution. At equilibrium, all Pb 2+ ions are exchanged and reside in rho-ZMOF, while Na + ions are in a dynamic equilibrium with solution. By umbrella sampling, the potential of mean force for Pb 2+ moving from solution into rho-ZMOF is estimated to be - 10k BT, which is more favorable than - 5k BT for Na + and contributes to the observed ion exchange. The residence-time distributions and mean-squared displacements reveal that all the exchanged Pb 2+ ions stay continuously in rho-ZMOF without exchanging with other ions in solution due to strong interaction with rho-ZMOF; however, Na + ions have a shorter residence time and a larger mobility than Pb 2+ ions. The exchanged Pb 2+ ions in rho-ZMOF are located at eight-, six-, and four-membered rings. As attributed to the confinement effect, distinctly different dynamic properties are found for Pb 2+ ions at the three locations. Pb 2+ ions at 8MR have the highest mobility due to the largest ring size, while those at 4MR have a negligible mobility. This simulation study provides microscopic insight into the ion-exchange process in ionic MOF and suggests that rho-ZMOF might be an intriguing candidate for water purification. © 2012 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry C
ISSN: 19327447
DOI: 10.1021/jp210082f
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