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Beyond structural motifs: the frontier of actinide-containing metal–organic frameworks

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In this perspective, we feature recent advances in the field of actinide-containing metal–organic frameworks (An-MOFs) with a main focus on their electronic, catalytic, photophysical, and sorption properties. This discussion deviates from a strictly crystallographic analysis of An-MOFs, reported in several reviews, or synthesis of novel structural motifs, and instead delves into the remarkable potential of An-MOFs for evolving the nuclear waste administration sector. Currently, the An-MOF field is dominated by thorium- and uranium-containing structures, with only a few reports on transuranic frameworks. However, some of the reported properties in the field of An-MOFs foreshadow potential implementation of these materials and are the main focus of this report. Thus, this perspective intends to provide a glimpse into the challenges, triumphs, and future directions of An-MOFs in sectors ranging from the traditional realm of gas sorption and separation to recently emerging areas such as electronics and photophysics.

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Submitted
31 Mar 2021
Accepted
13 May 2021
First published
13 May 2021

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

Chem. Sci., 2021,12, 7214-7230
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Perspective

Beyond structural motifs: the frontier of actinide-containing metal–organic frameworks

C. R. Martin, G. A. Leith and N. B. Shustova, Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 7214
DOI: 10.1039/D1SC01827B

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