David Michael Rose Hills
Cataloging the Water Sorption Properties of Metal Organic Frameworks
Approximately 785 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Though often ignored as a viable source of drinking water, Earths atmosphere contains 13 sextillion liters of gaseous water. In recent years, advances in materials science have bred a new class of materials, known as metal organic frameworks (MOFs). Upon judicious construction, MOFs can extract this watereven from low humidity air. Unfortunately, chemists interested in so-called water harvesting must comb through much literature in order to determine if a certain MOFs water sorption properties have ever been studied; to compare one MOFs performance to anothers; and to locate MOFs meeting specific criteria (e.g., optimal performance humidity). I propose to create a freely available database that catalogs all MOFs whose water sorption properties have previously been published. It is my hope that this database will facilitate the research of others by addressing the above challenges and by expediting researchers ability to recognize patterns in sorption performance across differently structured MOFs, thereby facilitating the elucidation of structure-function relationships.