Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Chemistry

Content Description

1 online resource (vii, 85 pages) : color illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Jeremy I Feldblyum

Committee Members

Paul Toscano


chemistry, education, Metal-Organic Framework, sorption, Supramolecular organometallic chemistry, Organometallic compounds, Chemistry

Subject Categories

Chemistry | Inorganic Chemistry | Materials Science and Engineering


Seven experiments are described and outlined here that introduce high school and undergraduate students to metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and their applications. The experiments were designed to be completed with basic laboratory equipment and supplies and without the use of expensive characterization instruments, simulating typical high school chemistry laboratory conditions. Students synthesized two well-known MOFs, HKUST-1 and aluminum fumarate, using simple, safe, and rapid methods (fast enough to be performed within the time constrains of a typical high school class). Students then use their synthesized MOFs to explore their inherent sorption properties. In one set of experiments, the synthesized MOFs are placed in methylene blue dye and iodine solutions, and students monitor and record data during absorption via colorimetry. Additional adsorption experiments allow students to explore the capacity of the MOFs to adsorb carbon dioxide gas. These experiments provided a bridge from concepts learned in chemistry class to two real life applications of these advanced materials - cleaning wastewater and adsorbing carbon dioxide gas.