Discovery and introduction of a (3,18)-connected net as an ideal blueprint for the design of metal-organic frameworks

Vincent Guillerm, Lukasz Jan Weselinski, Youssef Belmabkhout, Amy Cairns, Valerio D’Elia, Łukasz Wojtas, Karim Adil, Mohamed Eddaoudi

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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a promising class of porous materials because it is possible to mutually control their porous structure, composition and functionality. However, it is still a challenge to predict the network topology of such framework materials prior to their synthesis. Here we use a new rare earth (RE) nonanuclear carboxylate-based cluster as an 18-connected molecular building block to form a gea-MOF (gea-MOF-1) based on a (3,18)-connected net. We then utilized this gea net as a blueprint to design and assemble another MOF (gea-MOF-2). In gea-MOF-2, the 18-connected RE clusters are replaced by metal-organic polyhedra, peripherally functionalized so as to have the same connectivity as the RE clusters. These metal-organic polyhedra act as supermolecular building blocks when they form gea-MOF-2. The discovery of a (3,18)-connected MOF followed by deliberate transposition of its topology to a predesigned second MOF with a different chemical system validates the prospective rational design of MOFs. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-680
Number of pages8
JournalNature Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 29 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry


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