Due to the great demands within the energy community, the need to develop materials that can significantly alter the vitality of different substances is one of the top priorities of researchers. In recent years, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been synthesized to potentially be used as these advances. The objective of this project is to specifically alter the synthetic route of corannulene-based MOFs to create a new anode for a Li-ion battery used in hybrid cars. Due to the crystalline materials porosity and high surface area, the rate performance of this battery can effectively be improved. To do this, a three step synthetic route resulting in dimethyl 5- (4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-1,3,2-dioxaboralon-2-yl)-isophthale was proposed with the goal of successfully improving the anode material for Li-ion batteries as compared to the previously used graphite. The crystals were tested for crystallinity using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Results from the NMR graphs from each step of the synthetic route convey that the desired crystals were successfully made with the correct alignment of hydrogens throughout the product. From this work it can be deduced that additional work with corannulene-based metal-organic frameworks is promising because of their advantageous properties. In the future, the viability of its synthetic route can continue to be improved so it can be used within even more applications.
Rainsford, MaryGrace H.
"The Synthesis and Characterization of Corannulene-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks,"
Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science: Vol. 15:
2, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jscas/vol15/iss2/9