Proton Transportation Behavior in Lanthanide Tartrate Metal-Organic Frameworks

Melissa Fairley, Lei Qin, Yan Zhen Zheng, Zhiping Zheng

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A series of lanthanide tartrate metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were synthesized and structurally characterized. These include the three-dimensional (3D) frameworks {[Ln(C4H4O6)(H2O)3]Cl·2H2O}n (C4H4O6), tartrate; Ln = La (1), Nd (2), and Pr (3) and the 2D framework {[Ce2(C4H4O6)3(H2O)5]·2.5H2O}n (4). Using compounds 3 and 4 as representatives, proton conductivities of the two different kinds of MOFs were measured. The extensive hydrogen bonding interactions involving the tartrate ligands, the aqua ligands, and the water molecules inside and outside the porous structures are believed to be responsible for the observed proton conduction, likely via the Grotthuss mechanism in both cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3424-3429
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number29
StatePublished - 2019


  • Coordination complex
  • Lanthanides
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Proton conduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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