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Mechanism of Water Intrusion into Flexible ZIF-8: Liquid Is Not Vapor

Amayuelas, Eder; Tortora, Marco; Bartolomè, Luis; Littlefair, Josh D.; Paulo, Gonçalo; Le Donne, Andrea; Trump, Benjamin; Yakovenko, Andrey A.; Chorązėwski, Mirosław; Giacomello, Alberto; Zajdel, Paweł; Meloni, Simone; Grosu, Yaroslav

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  <dc:creator>Amayuelas, Eder</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Tortora, Marco</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Bartolomè, Luis</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Littlefair, Josh D.</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Paulo, Gonçalo</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Le Donne, Andrea</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Trump, Benjamin</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Yakovenko, Andrey A.</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Chorązėwski, Mirosław</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Giacomello, Alberto</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Zajdel, Paweł</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Meloni, Simone</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Grosu, Yaroslav</dc:creator>
  <dc:description>Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIF) find application in storage and dissipation of mechanical energy.
Their distinctive properties linked to their (sub)nanometer size and hydrophobicity allow for water intrusion only under high hydrostatic pressure. Here we focus on the popular ZIF-8 material investigating the intrusion mechanism in its nanoscale cages, which is the key to its rational exploitation in target applications. In this work, we used a joint experimental/theoretical approach combining in operando synchrotron experiments during high- pressure intrusion experiments, molecular dynamics simulations, and stochastic models to reveal that water intrusion into ZIF-8 occurs by a cascade filling of connected cages rather than a condensation process as previously assumed. The reported results allowed us to establish structure/function relations in this prototypical microporous material, representing an important step to devise design rules to synthesize porous media.</dc:description>
  <dc:title>Mechanism of Water Intrusion into Flexible ZIF-8: Liquid Is Not Vapor</dc:title>
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