Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Terence Musho

Committee Co-Chair

Konstantinos Sieros

Committee Member

Nianqiang Wu


Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) have received considerable attention and fast development in the past few years. These materials have demonstrated a wide range of applications due to their porosity, tailorability of optical properties, and chemical selectivity.;This report catalogs common MOF designs based on application and diversity in various fields, as well as conduct an in-depth study of inorganic substitution in a functionalized MOF. This study investigates the band gap modulation in response to inorganic ion substitution within a thermally stable UiO-66 Metal-Organic Framework (MOF). A combination of density functional theory (DFT) predictions in conjunction with experimental predictions were used to map out the complete composition space for three inorganic ions (Zr, Hf, Ti) and three functional groups. The three functional groups include an amino group (NH2), a nitro group (NO2), and a hydrogenated case (H). The smallest determined band gap was for a partially substituted UiO-66(Ti5Zr1)-NH2 resulting in 2.60eV. Theoretical findings sup-port that Ti can be fully substituted within the lattice resulting in a predicted band gap as low as 1.62(2.77)eV. Band gap modulation was reasoned to be a result of a mid gap state introduced through the amino functionalization and HOMO shifting as a result of increased binding of the Ti-O-C bonds.