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Themed collection Crystal engineering for molecular materials

28 articles
Review Article

Transforming metal–organic frameworks into functional materials

Transformation of metal–organic frameworks as a way to improve properties and design better materials is reported.

Graphical abstract: Transforming metal–organic frameworks into functional materials
Review Article

Topology analysis of metal–organic frameworks based on metal–organic polyhedra as secondary or tertiary building units

MOFs of complicated topologies can be analyzed as networks having simple underlying topologies when the MOPs are considered as TBUs.

Graphical abstract: Topology analysis of metal–organic frameworks based on metal–organic polyhedra as secondary or tertiary building units
Review Article

From solid-state metal alkoxides to nanostructured oxides: a precursor-directed synthetic route to functional inorganic nanomaterials

This review summarizes the construction of nanostructured solid-state metal alkoxides and their conversion into functional inorganic nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: From solid-state metal alkoxides to nanostructured oxides: a precursor-directed synthetic route to functional inorganic nanomaterials
Review Article

Designing the syntheses and photophysical simulations of noncentrosymmetric compounds

The designs of NCS compounds based on the normal development of NCS chromophores are presented and NLO properties are investigated.

Graphical abstract: Designing the syntheses and photophysical simulations of noncentrosymmetric compounds
Review Article

Magnetic clusters based on octacyanidometallates

A complete review of all known octacyanide-based clusters with an extensive discussion of their structures, magnetic properties and multifunctionality.

Graphical abstract: Magnetic clusters based on octacyanidometallates
Research Article

New tricopper(II) cores self-assembled from aminoalcohol biobuffers and homophthalic acid: synthesis, structural and topological features, magnetic properties and mild catalytic oxidation of cyclic and linear C5–C8 alkanes

Two new compounds with distinct tricopper(II) cores were synthesised and applied as bio-inspired pre-catalysts for mild oxidation of alkanes.

Graphical abstract: New tricopper(ii) cores self-assembled from aminoalcohol biobuffers and homophthalic acid: synthesis, structural and topological features, magnetic properties and mild catalytic oxidation of cyclic and linear C5–C8 alkanes
From the themed collection: Crystal engineering for molecular materials
Research Article

Synthesis, luminescence and electrochemical properties of luminescent dinuclear mixed-valence gold complexes with alkynyl bridges

A series of luminescent dinuclear mixed-valence gold alkynyl complexes was synthesized. Their photophysical properties can be tuned by varying the nature of the alkynyl bridges, as supported by computational studies.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, luminescence and electrochemical properties of luminescent dinuclear mixed-valence gold complexes with alkynyl bridges
From the themed collection: Crystal engineering for molecular materials
Research Article

Control of pore distribution of porous carbons derived from Mg2+ porous coordination polymers

Control of pore distribution of porous carbons from porous coordination polymers.

Graphical abstract: Control of pore distribution of porous carbons derived from Mg2+ porous coordination polymers
Research Article

Amide-containing zinc(II) metal–organic layered networks: a structure–CO2 capture relationship

An intimate interrelationship between the structural characteristics and their CO2 adsorption behavior has been demonstrated in this study.

Graphical abstract: Amide-containing zinc(ii) metal–organic layered networks: a structure–CO2 capture relationship
From the themed collection: Crystal engineering for molecular materials
Open Access Research Article

Positioning of the HKUST-1 metal–organic framework (Cu3(BTC)2) through conversion from insoluble Cu-based precursors

A Cu-based metal–organic framework (HKUST-1) was synthesized from insoluble precursors and positioned using sol–gel based coatings.

Graphical abstract: Positioning of the HKUST-1 metal–organic framework (Cu3(BTC)2) through conversion from insoluble Cu-based precursors
Research Article

Pt@ZIF-8 composite for the regioselective hydrogenation of terminal unsaturations in 1,3-dienes and alkynes

Size and regioselective catalysis in a Pt@ZIF-8 composite.

Graphical abstract: Pt@ZIF-8 composite for the regioselective hydrogenation of terminal unsaturations in 1,3-dienes and alkynes
From the themed collection: Crystal engineering for molecular materials
Research Article

Guest dependent reversible single-crystal to single-crystal structural transformation in a flexible Gd(III)-coordination polymer

We describe a 3D flexible Gd(III)-coordination polymer, constructed from a linear carboxylate ligand, which shows reversible single-crystal to single-crystal “guest-responsive fitting” of the channels and carboxylate shift process, upon inclusion of aldehyde guests.

Graphical abstract: Guest dependent reversible single-crystal to single-crystal structural transformation in a flexible Gd(iii)-coordination polymer
Research Article

A two-dimensional flexible porous coordination polymer based on Co(II) and terpyridyl phosphine oxide

A 2D framework with –P(O)Ph2 phenyl groups on the layer surface has been obtained, which shows remarkable dynamic sorption behaviours.

Graphical abstract: A two-dimensional flexible porous coordination polymer based on Co(ii) and terpyridyl phosphine oxide
From the themed collection: Crystal engineering for molecular materials
Research Article

Macroscopic polarity control with alkali metal cation size and coordination environment in a series of tin iodates

The IO3 groups in Na2Sn(IO3)6 are aligned in a parallel manner attributed to the six-coordinate Na+ cation, whereas the IO3 polyhedra in Cs2Sn(IO3)6 rotate with respect to Sn4+ due to the nine-coordinate Cs+ cation.

Graphical abstract: Macroscopic polarity control with alkali metal cation size and coordination environment in a series of tin iodates
Research Article

Open metal sites dangled on cobalt trigonal prismatic clusters within porous MOF for CO2 capture

A porous MOF adapting a rare SBU with open metal sites dangled on cobalt trigonal prismatic clusters has been constructed based upon a custom-designed octacarboxylate ligand.

Graphical abstract: Open metal sites dangled on cobalt trigonal prismatic clusters within porous MOF for CO2 capture
From the themed collection: Crystal engineering for molecular materials
Research Article

Reconciling order, stability, and porosity in phosphonate metal–organic frameworks via HF-mediated synthesis

We report the use of an HF-mediated synthesis to control porosity and order in robust Zr phosphonate frameworks.

Graphical abstract: Reconciling order, stability, and porosity in phosphonate metal–organic frameworks via HF-mediated synthesis
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Research Article

Structural studies and detection of nitroaromatics by luminescent 2D coordination polymers with angular dicarboxylate ligands

The solvothermal synthesis and crystal structures of 2D coordination polymers involving an SDB linker with Cd(II)/Zn(II) nodes, and the luminescence properties of these activated compounds for the detection of nitroaromatics, have been investigated.

Graphical abstract: Structural studies and detection of nitroaromatics by luminescent 2D coordination polymers with angular dicarboxylate ligands
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Research Article

1D chains, 2D networks and 3D interdigitated frameworks of isoorotic acid or 4,4′-bipyridyl and isoorotic acid: syntheses, structures, and sorption properties

Five new coordination polymers, from 1D chains to a 2D sheet and finally 3D porous frameworks, have been synthesized with different transition metals. The 3D interdigitated framework of Ni(II) is explored further for stepwise CO2 and C2H2 storage.

Graphical abstract: 1D chains, 2D networks and 3D interdigitated frameworks of isoorotic acid or 4,4′-bipyridyl and isoorotic acid: syntheses, structures, and sorption properties
From the themed collection: Crystal engineering for molecular materials
Research Article

Organic melt, electride, and CVD induced in situ deposition of luminescent lanthanide imidazolate MOFs on nanostructured alumina

Highly luminescent MOF coatings were grown on nanostructured alumina membranes via melt, electride and CVD approaches.

Graphical abstract: Organic melt, electride, and CVD induced in situ deposition of luminescent lanthanide imidazolate MOFs on nanostructured alumina
Research Article

Combining coordination and supramolecular chemistry to explore uranyl assembly in the solid state

Supramolecular assembly of uranyl species via halogen–oxo and halogen–halogen interactions is explored in the solid state.

Graphical abstract: Combining coordination and supramolecular chemistry to explore uranyl assembly in the solid state
From the themed collection: Crystal engineering for molecular materials
Research Article

Syntheses, structures and gas sorption properties of two coordination polymers with a unique type of supramolecular isomerism

Two genuine supramolecular isomers with a unique type of structural difference and completely different porous properties have been synthesized and characterized.

Graphical abstract: Syntheses, structures and gas sorption properties of two coordination polymers with a unique type of supramolecular isomerism
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Research Article

A metal–organic framework as a highly efficient and reusable catalyst for the solvent-free 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of organic azides to alkynes

A new highly efficient and reusable Cu-MOF has been developed for the regioselective synthesis of 1,2,3-triazoles via the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of organic azides to terminal alkynes under solvent-free conditions.

Graphical abstract: A metal–organic framework as a highly efficient and reusable catalyst for the solvent-free 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of organic azides to alkynes
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Research Article

A series of novel mercury(I) selenites and tellurites containing SOJT Mo6+ cations

New mercury(I) selenites and tellurites Hg2MoSeO6, α-Hg2MoTeO6, β-Hg2MoTeO6, and Hg2Mo2TeO9 with novel structures have been obtained by hydrothermal reactions.

Graphical abstract: A series of novel mercury(i) selenites and tellurites containing SOJT Mo6+ cations
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Research Article

Synthesis, structures, and magnetic properties of a series of new heterometallic hexanuclear Co2Ln4 (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb and Dy) clusters

A series of new Co–Ln heterometallic molecule-based magnetic materials were synthesized and characterized. The magnetic investigation indicates that the Co–Gd complex exhibits a large MCE of 24.87 J kg−1 K−1 while the Co–Dy complex shows a magnetic relaxation.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, structures, and magnetic properties of a series of new heterometallic hexanuclear Co2Ln4 (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb and Dy) clusters
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Research Article

In situ synthesis and structural characterization of a series of acylhydrazidate-extended Ln3+ and Zn2+ coordination polymers

By utilizing the hydrothermal acylation of N2H4 with aromatic polycarboxylic acids, a series of acylhydrazidate-extended two-dimensional or three-dimensional coordination polymers were isolated. Photoluminescence analysis revealed that these compounds emitted light at different wavelengths depending on their structures.

Graphical abstract: In situ synthesis and structural characterization of a series of acylhydrazidate-extended Ln3+ and Zn2+ coordination polymers
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Chemistry Frontiers

Towards multicomponent MOFs via solvent-free synthesis under conventional oven and microwave assisted heating

Solvent-free synthesis under conventional oven and microwave assisted heating to provide multicomponent MOFs.

Graphical abstract: Towards multicomponent MOFs via solvent-free synthesis under conventional oven and microwave assisted heating
Chemistry Frontiers

Tailoring functionality through synthetic strategy in heterolanthanide assemblies

Three classes of heterolanthanide assemblies, multi-dimensional frameworks (A), discrete polynuclear molecules (B) and preformed coordinated units connected by a linker (C), are discussed. Potential functionalities arising from the distance-dependent coexistence or interplay of the physical properties are pointed out.

Graphical abstract: Tailoring functionality through synthetic strategy in heterolanthanide assemblies
Chemistry Frontiers

Tailoring magnetic properties of molecular materials through non-covalent interactions

This Chemistry Frontier highlights how supramolecular non-covalent interactions can be employed as effective tools in tailoring the magnetic properties of crystalline functional molecular materials.

Graphical abstract: Tailoring magnetic properties of molecular materials through non-covalent interactions
28 articles

About this collection

Crystal engineering, as the art of design and synthesis of functional solid-state structures, strongly benefits the development of molecular materials on the aspect of structure construction and optimization for interesting properties. This themed collection of Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers is bringing together these two topics by concentrating recent efforts on either theoretical or experimental research in this interdisciplinary area.

The Guest Editors for this themed collection are:

Xiao-Ming Chen (Sun Yat-Sen University)

Masahiro Yamashita (Tohoku University)

Wenbin Lin (University of Chicago)

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