Intercalation in layered metal-organic frameworks: Reversible inclusion of an extended π-system

Hasan K. Arslan, Osama Shekhah, D. C.Florian Wieland, Michael Paulus, Christian Sternemann, Martin A. Schroer, Sebastian Tiemeyer, Metin Tolan, Roland A. Fischer, Christof Wöll*

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We report the synthesis of layered [Zn 2(bdc) 2(H 2O) 2] and [Cu 2(bdc) 2(H 2O) 2] (bdc = benzdicarboxylate) metal-organic frameworks (MOF) carried out using the liquid-phase epitaxy approach employing self-assembled monolayer (SAM) modified Au-substrates. We obtain Cu and Zn MOF-2 structures, which have not yet been obtained using conventional, solvothermal synthesis methods. The 2D Cu 2+ dimer paddle wheel planes characteristic for the MOF are found to be strictly planar, with the planes oriented perpendicular to the substrate. Intercalation of an organic dye, DXP, leads to a reversible tilting of the planes, demonstrating the huge potential of these surface-anchored MOFs for the intercalation of large, planar molecules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8158-8161
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number21
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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