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Exploiting redox activity in metal–organic frameworks: concepts, trends and perspectives

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Abstract

Of the many thousands of new metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) that are now discovered each year, many possess potential redox activity arising from the constituent metal ions and/or organic ligands, or the guest molecules located within their porous structures. Those redox states that can be accessed via postsynthetic redox modulation often possess distinct physical properties; if harnessed, these provide a basis for applications including microporous conductors, electrocatalysts, energy storage devices and electrochemical sensors, amongst others. This feature article highlights the latest developments in experimental, theoretical and computational concepts relevant to redox-active MOFs, including new solid state electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques that have great utility in this field. A particular emphasis is on current and emerging trends at the fundamental level which underscore the importance of this promising class of electroactive materials for a wide range of technologically- and industrially-relevant applications.

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The article was received on 27 Jan 2016, accepted on 08 Mar 2016 and first published on 08 Mar 2016


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC00805D
Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 8957-8971
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    Exploiting redox activity in metal–organic frameworks: concepts, trends and perspectives

    D. M. D'Alessandro, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 8957
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CC00805D

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