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Metal Organic Frameworks and Particulate Matter Capture

Presenters Name: 
Emily Beyer
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Primary Research Mentor: 
Gaurav Giri
Secondary Research Mentor: 
Luke Huelsenbeck
9:30 - 10:15
Time of Presentation: 
2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
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Presentations Academic Category: 
Grant Program Recipient: 
USOAR Program

Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of developing chemical compounds that have numerous properties beneficial to capture small particles including high porosity, large surface area, tunability, and a generous surface area to volume ratio. These uncommon properties have resulted in MOFs being utilized for various applications, including energy storage, construction of electronic components, and gas containment. Exploiting these properties and applying knowledge of particulate matter, specifically PM 2.5, MOFs can be applied to filters utilized for air pollution control in heavily polluted and industrial regions. MOF synthesis can be achieved through the combination of an aqueous organic compound and aqueous metal linker, where specific compounds utilized are dependent upon the desired MOF. After synthesis, the formulated MOF is coated onto a fabric textile, which is then tested for capture efficiency. Using a PDR-1500 and a pollution air chamber system, the quantity of PM 2.5 entering the chamber versus the quantity leaving after being filtered through the textile can be determined, and therefore, the effectiveness of the MOF. Although research is still continuing to find the ideal MOF to utilize for pollution capture, many successful ones have been found and tested for efficiency. The successful testing and synthesis of the ideal MOF for this will result in increased economical and available protection from pollution for people across the world, including those suffering from harmful pollutants in many third world countries.