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A net-based approach to coordination polymers

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Abstract

True crystal engineering of coordination polymers with useful structure-based properties by design remains a distant prospect. The exploratory, experimental net-based approach to the construction of coordination polymers described in this article has provided a few examples of structures obtained by design, but also serendipitously revealed numbers of unprecedented and interesting structures that were totally unexpected. Further work with coordination polymers can confidently be expected to provide many similar surprises. It is proposed that carefully designed connecting ligands capable of binding metal centres strongly and predictably at chelating sites may afford improved structural control in network assembly and more robust network structures.

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The article was received on 04 May 2000, accepted on 23 Jun 2000 and first published on 09 Oct 2000


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B003591M
Citation: J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2000,0, 3735-3744
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    A net-based approach to coordination polymers

    R. Robson, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2000, 0, 3735
    DOI: 10.1039/B003591M

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