Role of entropic effects in controlling the polymorphism in formate ABX3 metal–organic frameworks†
Polymorphism in formate-based dense metal–organic frameworks with the general formula ABX3 is predicted by quantum chemical calculations and confirmed experimentally. In particular [NH3NH2]Zn(HCOO)3 crystallizes in two different polymorphs, a perovskite-like framework and a chiral structure with hexagonal channels. A detailed thermodynamic analysis reveals that both structures are very close in free energy and that entropy driven effects are responsible for stabilizing the channel structure.
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