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Tinkering with Metal-Organic Framework Produces Conductivity

Posted on: 01/03/2014
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have found, that by using the nanopores in a metal-organic framework (MOF), they can organize molecules and increase electrical conductivity. The discovery could have implications for electronics, sensors, energy conversion and energy storage.

Sandia researchers and collaborators at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were able to increase the electrical conductivity of one MOF by more than six orders of magnitude. They did so by adding a molecule known as tetracyanoquinodimethane, or TCNQ, to the MOF framework.

The researchers plan on patenting their approach and are seeking additional funding to experiment with other guest molecules.

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