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Ammonia assisted formation of tubular MOP-18 crystals

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Tubular MOP-18 crystals have been successfully prepared by cooling-induced crystallization from copper hydroxide nanostrands and 5-dodecyloxybenzene-1,3-dicarboxylic acid DMF (N,N-dimethyl-formamide)–ammonia solution. The dependence of the crystal morphologies on the cooling rate is investigated in detail. A slower cooling rate results in larger and longer MOP-18 tubes. The ammonia in the DMF solution plays a crucial role in the formation of MOP-18 tubes. It deprotonates the acid ligand to trigger the nucleation of MOP-18 and leads the growth of tubular crystals. A “diffusion driven instability” growth mechanism is proposed. The outside surfaces of the crystals have a better supply of material from the surrounding solution and maintain continuous growth, while the inner cavity part not only have a worse supply of material but the inner walls also dissolve in order to balance the local saturated solubility of MOP-18 in DMF at a certain temperature, and results in the formation of tubes.

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The article was received on 14 Aug 2014, accepted on 16 Oct 2014 and first published on 16 Oct 2014

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4CE01678E
CrystEngComm, 2014,16, 10916-10920

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    Ammonia assisted formation of tubular MOP-18 crystals

    W. Cao, Y. Mao and X. Peng, CrystEngComm, 2014, 16, 10916
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CE01678E

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