Facile in situ growth of ZIF-8 films onto aluminum for applications requiring fast thermal response


In this work, we report a simple approach for the synthesis of highly crystalline films of ZIF-8 directly grown onto non-functionalized common aluminum substrates through an easy, short in situ solvothermal methodology. Through several techniques such as XRD, SEM, EDS, AFM and XPS, it is shown that a simple, short pretreatment of the substrate with a dilute hydrochloric acid solution promotes the subsequent solvothermal nucleation and growth of continuous, homogeneous micrometer thickness and very adherent ZIF-8 films. The robustness and usefulness of ZIF-8/aluminum are shown by testing it in the highly exothermic catalytic reaction of carbon monoxide oxidation, in which it presented a high performance and durability, preserving the metal–organic framework integrity during reaction time. This behavior demonstrates that the novel ZIF-8/aluminum systems have a high potential for use in applications at moderate temperatures demanding a fast heat exchange rate between the metal–organic framework (MOF) film and the substrate.

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The authors wish to express their gratitude to Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET). Thanks are given to Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica of Argentina (Project PICT 2241) and Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Project CAI+D 0071) for their financial support. Special thanks to ANPCyT for the purchase of the UHV Multi Analysis System (PME 8-2003) and to M. F. Mori for the XPS analyses.

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Papurello, R.L., Zamaro, J.M. Facile in situ growth of ZIF-8 films onto aluminum for applications requiring fast thermal response. J Mater Sci 56, 9065–9078 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-021-05850-0

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