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Amino acids as biomimetic crystallization agents for the synthesis of ZIF-8 particles

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Abstract

Biomimetic mineralization of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) exploits the use of biomolecules to control MOF crystallization processes. Here, we investigate 20 natural amino acids as biomimetic crystallization agents for the synthesis of ZIF-8 particles in aqueous solution. The morphology, size, and particle number of resultant MOF crystals were strongly dependent on the chemical nature of amino acid side chains that match closely the four classes of amino acids: nonpolar, polar neutral, polar negative and polar positive.

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The article was received on 24 Dec 2015, accepted on 16 Feb 2016 and first published on 16 Feb 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CE02549D
CrystEngComm, 2016,18, 4264-4267
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    Amino acids as biomimetic crystallization agents for the synthesis of ZIF-8 particles

    K. Liang, R. Ricco, C. M. Doherty, M. J. Styles and P. Falcaro, CrystEngComm, 2016, 18, 4264
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CE02549D

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