Magnetic Metal-Organic Framework Composite by Fast and Facile Mechanochemical Process

M. Bellusci, P. Guglielmi, A. Masi, F. Padella, G. Singh, N. Yaacoub, D. Peddis, D. Secci

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Magnetic porous metal-organic framework nanocomposite was obtained by an easy, efficient, and environmentally friendly fabrication method. The material consists in magnetic spinel iron oxide nanoparticles incorporated in an iron(III) carboxylate framework. The magnetic composite was fabricated by a multistep mechanochemical approach. In the first step, iron oxide nanoparticles were obtained via ball milling inducing mechanochemical reaction between iron chlorides and NaOH using NaCl as dispersing agent. Magnetic nanoparticles (MNs) were functionalized by neat grinding with benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylic acid (1, 3, 5 BTC) and were then subjected to liquid assisted milling using hydrated FeCl3, water, and ethanol to obtain a magnetic framework composite (MFC) consisting of iron oxide nanoparticles encapsulated in a MOF matrix. We report, for the first time, the applicability of the grinding method to obtain a magnetic composite of metal-organic frameworks. The synthesized material exhibits magnetic characteristics and high porosity, and it has been tested as carrier for targeted drug delivery studying loading and release of a model drug (doxorubicin). Developed systems can associate therapeutics and diagnostics properties with possible relevant impact for theranostic and personalized patient treatment. Furthermore, the material properties make them excellent candidates for several other applications such as catalysis, sensing, and selective sequestration processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1806 - 1814
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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Bellusci, M., Guglielmi, P., Masi, A., Padella, F., Singh, G., Yaacoub, N., Peddis, D., & Secci, D. (2018). Magnetic Metal-Organic Framework Composite by Fast and Facile Mechanochemical Process. Inorganic Chemistry, 57(4), 1806 - 1814.