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J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2013 Apr;13(4):2714-21.

Fabrication of the microchannel by metal-organic framework, copper benzenetricarboxylate.

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  • 1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Yuseong, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.


We successfully fabricated the metal-organic framework (MOF), copper benzenetricarboxylate on a microchannel system, which was able to solve the problems created by increased heat dissipation in small electronic equipment. The microchannel system was designed to make an entrance part that can control the reaction temperature, which was predicted through a heat transfer analysis and the finite element method with COMSOL Multiphysics. Synthetic conditions, synthesis time, temperature and microchannel size were systematically tuned for the selective fabrication of copper benzenetricarboxylate on a microchannel surface. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images, selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) data clearly demonstrated that copper benzenetricarboxylate was strongly adhered to the bottom surfaces of the microchannels. Moreover, the synthesis of MOF in the microchannel system provided a much faster growth rate and better crystallinity compared to a conventional synthesis method.

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