Scintillating Metal-Organic Frameworks: A New Class of Radiation Detection Materials


  • This project was funded by the Sandia National Laboratories Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program and the NSF (DMR grant 0420863 (TVT)). Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.


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Metal-organic frameworks containing an organic fluorophore such as stilbene dicarboxylate emit prompt visible light when they interact with ionizing radiation (e.g., high-energy protons or alpha particles). A completely new class of scintillation materials is created by this development, with the potential to rationally tailor properties for specific radiation detection applications.