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Issue 5, 2012
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Mesoporous metal–organic framework materials

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Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as a new type of porous materials for diverse applications. Most open MOFs reported to date are microporous (pore sizes <2 nm), and only a small fraction of MOFs with ordered mesoscale domains (2–50 nm) is reported. This tutorial review covers recent advances in the field of mesoporous MOFs (mesoMOFs), including their design and synthesis, porosity activation and surface modification, and potential applications in storage and separation, catalysis, drug delivery and imaging. Their specificities are dependent on the pore shape, size, and chemical environments of the cages or channels. The relationship between the structures and functions is discussed. The future outlook for the field is discussed in the context of current challenges in applications of mesoporous materials.

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The article was received on 22 Jul 2011 and first published on 18 Oct 2011

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15196G
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 1677-1695
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    Mesoporous metal–organic framework materials

    W. Xuan, C. Zhu, Y. Liu and Y. Cui, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 1677
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15196G

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