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Nanoporous molecular crystals

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Nanoporous Molecular Crystals (NMCs) are nanoporous materials composed of discrete molecules between which there are only non-covalent interactions—i.e. they do not possess an extended framework composed of covalent or coordination bonds. They are formed from removing guest molecules from inclusion compounds (ICs) a process that for most ICs usually results in the collapse of the open structure of the crystals but in the case of NMCs the packing of the host molecules is retained and nanoporosity obtained. In recent years a number of NMCs have been confirmed by the technique of gas adsorption and these materials are surveyed in this feature article. In addition, the reasons for stability of these crystals are discussed. It is the author's belief that many more ICs, the structures of which are readily obtainable from the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), may act as precursors to NMCs.

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The article was received on 11 Jun 2010, accepted on 05 Aug 2010 and first published on 02 Sep 2010

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01867H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 10588-10597
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    Nanoporous molecular crystals

    N. B. McKeown, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 10588
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01867H

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