NTE IN MOF-5 DRIVEN BY SHEAR MODES

Acoustic phonons and negative thermal expansion in MOF-5
L H N Rimmer, M T Dove, A L Goodwin and D C Palmer
Phys Chem Chem Phys 16, 21144-21152 (2014)

The mechanism of negative thermal expansion (NTE) in MOF-5 has been studied using a rigid unit mode analysis of the phonons responsible for NTE. In addition to confirming the role of the previously proposed optic ‘trampoline mode’ mechanism [Lock et al., Dalton Transactions, 2013, 42, 1933–2320], we have identified a new acoustic mode mechanism that makes a major contribution to the macroscopic NTE of this framework.