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Giant metal–organic frameworks with bulky scaffolds: from microporous to mesoporous functional materials

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Abstract

New concepts on the design and synthesis of crystalline metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have made them a subject of considerable interest in the growing field of materials science. By creating larger cavity sizes by a nearly infinite combination of metal nodes and organic linkers, many innovative characteristics of microporous MOFs have been revealed. The primary goal of this perspective article is to highlight the frontiers in the development of giant MOFs that are deliberately constructed from metallated or metal-free bulky scaffolds. Incorporating these types of distinct bulky ligands into giant MOFs may lead to MOFs with a large cavity size, intriguing properties and new framework topology. Emerging applications of these materials in catalysis, adsorption, and sensors are also discussed.

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The article was received on 18 Nov 2011, accepted on 27 Jan 2012 and first published on 16 Mar 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT12208A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 5437-5453
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    Giant metal–organic frameworks with bulky scaffolds: from microporous to mesoporous functional materials

    P. Thanasekaran, T. Luo, J. Wu and K. Lu, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 5437
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT12208A

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