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Formation pathways of metal–organic frameworks proceeding through partial dissolution of the metastable phase

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Abstract

Understanding how crystalline materials are assembled is important for the rational design of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), through streamlining their synthesis and controlling their properties for targeted applications. Herein, we report for the first time the construction of two 3-dimensional Tb(III) based MOFs; a metastable MOF acting as an intermediate phase, that partially dissolves and transforms into a chemically and thermodynamically stable MOF. This chemical transformation occurs solely in a N,N-dimethylformamide/water solvent mixture, and is triggered when additional energy is provided to the reaction. In situ studies reveal the partial dissolution of the metastable phase after which the MOF components are reassembled into the thermodynamically stable phase. The marked difference in thermal and chemical stability between the kinetically and thermodynamically controlled phases is contrasted by their identical chemical building unit composition.

Graphical abstract: Formation pathways of metal–organic frameworks proceeding through partial dissolution of the metastable phase

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The article was received on 27 Mar 2017, accepted on 16 May 2017 and first published on 17 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00589J
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2017, Advance Article
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    Formation pathways of metal–organic frameworks proceeding through partial dissolution of the metastable phase

    S. L. Anderson, A. Gładysiak, P. G. Boyd, C. P. Ireland, P. Miéville, D. Tiana, B. Vlaisavljevich, P. Schouwink, W. van Beek, K. J. Gagnon, B. Smit and K. C. Stylianou, CrystEngComm, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00589J

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