Discipline: Chemistry and Chemical Sciences
Room: Exhibit Hall A
Raekwon Carter - Virginia Union University
Co-Author(s): Tyler Seward, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va.
Water is a fundamental necessity for human life, however it is estimated that more than 35% of the world’s population lack access to readily available fresh drinking water. Most of the water on Earth is undrinkable due to salination. Currently methods for water purification are deemed either inefficient or too expensive. Studies for the application of water stable Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) have been a positive impact for water treatment. MIL-101, UiO-66 are two water stable MOFs that were investigated and synthesized with the goal for more efficient water purification. The MOFs created were both created through solvothermal reactions that occur similarly between a metal cluster and organic ligand. Both MOFs are created with the use of 1,4- benzene dicarboxylic acid (BDC). UiO-66 is created in a reaction containing ZnCl4 and BDC and the MIL-101 is the BDC with Cr(NO3)3*9H2O reactThe goal for this research is to establish an optimal synthesis method for each of the two MOFs. Once created the MOFs applications will be tested.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): The National Science Foundation
Faculty Advisor: Karl Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Role: My role in this research entailed that I conduct background information on the topic, reproduce previous techniques, and determine what process is optimal for our use.