Jump to main content
Jump to site search
PLANNED MAINTENANCE Close the message box

Scheduled maintenance work on Wednesday 27th March 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (GMT).

During this time our website performance may be temporarily affected. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause and thank you for your patience.

Volume 211, 2018
Previous Article Next Article

TopoFF: MOF structure prediction using specifically optimized blueprints

Author affiliations


For the structure prediction of MOFs and related crystalline framework materials we have proposed the Reversed Topological Approach (RTA), where the default embedding of a topology is used as a blueprint. The optimal rotational insertion of the building blocks (BBs) at the fixed vertex positions of the blueprint is performed by minimizing the target function of the average angle deviation (AAD). Here we extend this idea by pre-optimizing the maximum symmetry embedding of a topology in order to minimize the overall mean AAD for the given set of BBs. By this fast and essentially parameter-free topoFF method, the vertex positions and cell parameters of the blueprint are further optimized in order to fit the structural needs of the BBs, which speeds up the overall search for the most energetically favorable structure. In addition, different topologies can be ranked in a quantitative and intuitive way. The definition and implementation of topoFF is explained and its application for the RTA-based structure prediction of MOFs is demonstrated with a number of instructive examples.

Graphical abstract: TopoFF: MOF structure prediction using specifically optimized blueprints

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 27 Feb 2018, accepted on 01 May 2018 and first published on 04 May 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00051D
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2018,211, 79-101

  •   Request permissions

    TopoFF: MOF structure prediction using specifically optimized blueprints

    J. Keupp and R. Schmid, Faraday Discuss., 2018, 211, 79
    DOI: 10.1039/C8FD00051D

Search articles by author