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Issue 41, 2020

Aperiodic metal–organic frameworks

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Abstract

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) represent one of the most diverse structural classes among solid state materials, yet few of them exhibit aperiodicity, or the existence of long-range order in the absence of translational symmetry. From this apparent conflict, a paradox has emerged: even though aperiodicity frequently arises in materials that contain the same bonding motifs as MOFs, aperiodic structures and MOFs appear to be nearly disjoint classes. In this perspective, we highlight a subset of the known aperiodic coordination polymers, including both incommensurate and quasicrystalline structures. We further comment upon possible reasons for the absence of such structures and propose routes to potentially access aperiodic MOFs.

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Submitted
31 Aug 2020
Accepted
30 Sep 2020
First published
30 Sep 2020

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2020,11, 11094-11103
Article type
Perspective

Aperiodic metal–organic frameworks

J. J. Oppenheim, G. Skorupskii and M. Dincă, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 11094 DOI: 10.1039/D0SC04798H

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