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Structural diversity and chemical trends in hybrid inorganic–organic framework materials

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Abstract

Hybrid framework compounds, including both metal–organic coordination polymers and systems that contain extended inorganic connectivity (extended inorganic hybrids), have recently developed into an important new class of solid-state materials. We examine the diversity of this complex class of materials, propose a simple but systematic classification, and explore the chemical and geometrical factors that influence their formation. We also discuss the growing evidence that many hybrid frameworks tend to form under thermodynamic rather than kinetic control when the synthesis is carried out under hydrothermal conditions. Finally, we explore the potential applications of hybrid frameworks in areas such as gas separations and storage, heterogeneous catalysis, and photoluminescence.

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Submitted
18 Jul 2006
Accepted
20 Oct 2006
First published
07 Nov 2006

Chem. Commun., 2006, 4780-4795
Article type
Feature Article

Structural diversity and chemical trends in hybrid inorganic–organic framework materials

A. K. Cheetham, C. N. R. Rao and R. K. Feller, Chem. Commun., 2006, 4780
DOI: 10.1039/B610264F

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