Metal-organic-frameworks: low temperature gas sensing and air quality monitoring

Xiaohu Chen, Reza Behboodian, Darren Bagnall, Mahdiar Taheri, Noushin Nasiri*

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As an emerging class of hybrid nanoporous materials, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted significant attention as promising multifunctional building blocks for the development of highly sensitive and selective gas sensors due to their unique properties, such as large surface area, highly diversified structures, functionalizable sites and specific adsorption affinities. Here, we provide a review of recent advances in the design and fabrication of MOF nanomaterials for the low-temperature detection of different gases for air quality and environmental monitoring applications. The impact of key structural parameters including surface morphologies, metal nodes, organic linkers and functional groups on the sensing performance of state-of-the-art sensing technologies are discussed. This review is concluded by summarising achievements and current challenges, providing a future perspective for the development of the next generation of MOF-based nanostructured materials for low-temperature detection of gas molecules in real-world environments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number316
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

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  • metal-organic frameworks
  • hybrid nanomaterials
  • gas sensing
  • selectivity
  • sensitivity


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