In situ assembled ZIF superstructures via an emulsion-free soft-templating approach

Namita Singh, Sana Ahmed, Aliyah Fakim, Somayah Qutub, Othman Alahmed, Omar El Tall, Osama Shekhah, Mohamed Eddaoudi, Niveen M. Khashab

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Assembling well-defined MOF superstructures remains challenging as it requires easily removable hard templates or readily available immiscible solutions for an emulsion-based soft-template approach. In this work, a single-step emulsion-free soft templating approach is reported to spontaneously prepare hollow ZIF-8 and ZIF-67 colloidosomes with no further purification. These superstructures can load different enzymes regardless of the size and charge with a high encapsulation efficiency of 99%. We envisage that this work will expand the repertoires of MOF superstructures by the judicious selection of precursors and the reaction medium. This journal is
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11280-11284
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Science
Issue number41
StatePublished - Sep 22 2020


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