Adsorption and sensing properties of SF6 decomposed gases on Mg-MOF-74

Siby Thomas, Felix Mayr, Alessio Gagliardi

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Using the framework of density functional theory (DFT), this work investigated the adsorption properties of SF6 decomposed H2S, SO2, SOF2, and SO2F2 gases on a magnesium-based metal-organic framework (Mg-MOF-74). Further, the possible application of this MOF as a suitable sensor for the detection of these gas molecules is discussed through the analysis of adsorption energies, electronic properties, charge transfer, selectivity and sensitivity features and recovery time. The study revealed that the SO2 molecule possesses relatively high adsorption energy (−1.26 eV) compared to H2S (−0.10 eV), SOF2 (−0.08 eV), and SO2F2 (−0.04 eV) molecules. Results show that all the molecules are physisorbed on the semiconducting Mg-MOF-74 and the adsorption energy has a strong correlation with the electronic properties. This reflects in the bandgap and the density of states analysis shows that the adsorption of H2S, SOF2, and SO2F2 molecules leads to insignificant changes in the bandgap, whereas the adsorption of SO2 reduces the bandgap by almost 50%. The recovery time analysis also ensures that Mg-MOF-74 has a fast desorption ability for H2S, SOF2, and SO2F2 molecules, suitable for resistive and reusable chemical sensors for industrial applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115120
JournalSolid State Communications
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2023


  • Adsorption energy
  • Charge transfer
  • DFT
  • Electronic properties
  • MOFs
  • Recovery time


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