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Open Access Highlight

The terpyridine isomer game: from chelate to coordination network building block

Recent progress towards a better understanding of the design principles associated with the use of 4,2′:6′,4′′-tpy, 3,2′:6′,3′′-tpy, bis(4,2′:6′,4′′-tpy) and bis(3,2′:6′,3′′-tpy) linkers and nodes in coordination networks is presented.

Graphical abstract: The terpyridine isomer game: from chelate to coordination network building block
From the themed collection: Functional Coordination Networks
Feature Article

Design and properties of multiple-emitter luminescent metal–organic frameworks

This feature article reviews the design strategies by which multiple different emission sources could be combined for creating multi-emitter luminescent metal–organic frameworks (LMOFs).

Graphical abstract: Design and properties of multiple-emitter luminescent metal–organic frameworks
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Feature Article

Metal phosphonates incorporating metalloligands: assembly, structures and properties

This feature article summarizes the current status of metal–metalloligand phosphonates including the synthetic strategies, crystal structures and properties. Future challenges in this field are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Metal phosphonates incorporating metalloligands: assembly, structures and properties
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Feature Article

Metal–organic framework (MOF) materials as polymerization catalysts: a review and recent advances

Metal–organic frameworks are versatile materials that provide new opportunities as catalysts in polymerization reactions, including modularity and well-defined structures.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework (MOF) materials as polymerization catalysts: a review and recent advances
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Feature Article

Crystal engineering of porous coordination networks to enable separation of C2 hydrocarbons

Diverse crystal engineering principles employed in the discovery of porous coordination networks for the selective separation of C2 gases reveal that control of pore size and pore chemistry emerges as the key to unlock their outstanding performances.

Graphical abstract: Crystal engineering of porous coordination networks to enable separation of C2 hydrocarbons
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Feature Article

One-dimensional electronic systems: metal-chain complexes and organic conductors

This feature article highlights and compares the structural and physical properties of typical examples of one-dimensional metal-chain complexes and organic conductors.

Graphical abstract: One-dimensional electronic systems: metal-chain complexes and organic conductors
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Feature Article

Porous materials as carriers of gasotransmitters towards gas biology and therapeutic applications

This review highlights the strategies employed to load and release gasotransmitters such as NO, CO and H2S from different kinds of porous materials, including zeolites, mesoporous silica, metal–organic frameworks and protein assemblies.

Graphical abstract: Porous materials as carriers of gasotransmitters towards gas biology and therapeutic applications
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Accepted Manuscript - Communication

Nickel(II)-modified covalent-organic framework film for electrocatalytic oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)

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Open Access Communication

Fatty acids as biomimetic replication agents for luminescent metal–organic framework patterns

Insoluble fatty acids that trigger the growth of luminescent MOFs on fingerprint residues were employed for the precise positioning of MOFs.

Graphical abstract: Fatty acids as biomimetic replication agents for luminescent metal–organic framework patterns
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Communication

Unravelling a long-lived ligand-to-metal cluster charge transfer state in Ce–TCPP metal organic frameworks

We report the ultrafast charge separation dynamics in porphyrin-based Ce–TCPP MOFs using optical and X-ray transient absorption (XTA) spectroscopy.

Graphical abstract: Unravelling a long-lived ligand-to-metal cluster charge transfer state in Ce–TCPP metal organic frameworks
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Communication

Second-order programming the synthesis of metal–organic frameworks

The first example of ‘one-pot’ coordinate-covalent synthetic programming for metal–organic frameworks is reported.

Graphical abstract: Second-order programming the synthesis of metal–organic frameworks
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Communication

Mixed donor, phenanthroline photoactive MOFs with favourable CO2 selectivity

Mixed donor phenanthroline-carboxylate linkers were combined with MnII or ZnII to form photoactive MOFs with large pore apertures.

Graphical abstract: Mixed donor, phenanthroline photoactive MOFs with favourable CO2 selectivity
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Open Access Communication

Rotational dynamics of the imidazolium ion in cyanide-bridged dielectric framework materials

Quasielastic neutron scattering reveals the geometry and timescale of the dielectric switching dynamics in a series of elpasolite-like framework materials.

Graphical abstract: Rotational dynamics of the imidazolium ion in cyanide-bridged dielectric framework materials
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Communication

Preliminary chemical reduction for synthesizing a stable porous molecular conductor with neutral metal nodes

Preliminary chemical reduction of naphthalenediimide (NDI)-based organic ligands was applied to the synthesis of a porous molecular conductor (PMC) with neutral metal nodes (cobalt(II) acetylacetonate).

Graphical abstract: Preliminary chemical reduction for synthesizing a stable porous molecular conductor with neutral metal nodes
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Communication

Heterometal incorporation in NH2-MIL-125(Ti) and its participation in the photoinduced charge-separated excited state

X-ray spectroscopy studies reveal the location and role of Fe3+ sites incorporated in a Ti-based MOF exhibiting photo-induced charge separation.

Graphical abstract: Heterometal incorporation in NH2-MIL-125(Ti) and its participation in the photoinduced charge-separated excited state
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Communication

Fine tuning of intra-lattice electron transfers through site doping in tetraoxolene-bridged iron honeycomb layers

The precise tuning of the multiple electron transfers based on a chemical technique of site-doping in tetraoxolene-bridged Fe honeycomb layer systems was demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Fine tuning of intra-lattice electron transfers through site doping in tetraoxolene-bridged iron honeycomb layers
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Communication

Spin crossover modulation in a coordination polymer with the redox-active bis-pyridyltetrathiafulvalene (py2TTF) ligand

A 1-D chain CP with both SCO and redox activity has been successfully prepared by the combination of a bis-pyridyl functionalised TTF core and a Schiff base-like N2O2 ligand.

Graphical abstract: Spin crossover modulation in a coordination polymer with the redox-active bis-pyridyltetrathiafulvalene (py2TTF) ligand
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Communication

Structure-directing role of immobilized polyoxometalates in the synthesis of porphyrinic Zr-based metal–organic frameworks

We report the templating effect of the PW12 polyoxometalate on the porphyrinic MOF topologies whereby the kinetic phase is favored at high temperature.

Graphical abstract: Structure-directing role of immobilized polyoxometalates in the synthesis of porphyrinic Zr-based metal–organic frameworks
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Communication

N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) acts as a metal–organic framework synthesis solvent with phase-directing capabilities

A variety of metal–organic frameworks typically synthesized in formamide solvents are produced in the insect repellent N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide producing controlled-release composites.

Graphical abstract: N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) acts as a metal–organic framework synthesis solvent with phase-directing capabilities
From the themed collection: Functional Coordination Networks
Communication

Slow relaxation of the magnetization, reversible solvent exchange and luminescence in 2D anilato-based frameworks

Reversible solvent exchange in three Dy(III)-bromanilato 2D frameworks with solvent dependent luminescence and slow relaxation of the magnetization.

Graphical abstract: Slow relaxation of the magnetization, reversible solvent exchange and luminescence in 2D anilato-based frameworks
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Communication

Control of local flexibility towards p-xylene sieving in Hofmann-type porous coordination polymers

Tuning of local flexibility towards p-xylene achieved by the control of the specific combination of coordination metal centers in Hofmann-type porous coordination polymers.

Graphical abstract: Control of local flexibility towards p-xylene sieving in Hofmann-type porous coordination polymers
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Communication

Topology versus porosity: what can reticular chemistry tell us about free space in metal–organic frameworks?

We analyse 3D coordination networks in 33 790 coordination polymers and discuss relations between their topological and porosity properties.

Graphical abstract: Topology versus porosity: what can reticular chemistry tell us about free space in metal–organic frameworks?
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Communication

Unravelling the water adsorption in a robust iron carboxylate metal–organic framework

Scale-up of an Fe-MOF and elucidation of its water adsorption properties by PXRD, sorption measurements and molecular simulations are reported.

Graphical abstract: Unravelling the water adsorption in a robust iron carboxylate metal–organic framework
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Communication

Coordination distortion induced water adsorption in hydrophobic flexible metal–organic frameworks

The water-adsorption properties of four isostructural hydrophobic metal-organic frameworks are dependent on the metal species, which was revealed to be caused by coordination distortion around the metal ions.

Graphical abstract: Coordination distortion induced water adsorption in hydrophobic flexible metal–organic frameworks
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Communication

Highly stable 3D porous HMOF with enhanced catalysis and fine color regulation by the combination of d- and p-ions when compared with those of its monometallic MOFs

Three comparable MOFs were yielded successfully. Among them, the highly stable HMOF is a porous 3D motif with lots of active sites, leading to the enhanced catalysis for CO2 conversion and fine color regulations of MOFs by doping different ions.

Graphical abstract: Highly stable 3D porous HMOF with enhanced catalysis and fine color regulation by the combination of d- and p-ions when compared with those of its monometallic MOFs
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Communication

Emergence of electrical conductivity in a flexible coordination polymer by using chemical reduction

Postsynthetic chemical reduction enhanced the electrical conductivity of a new flexible 1D coordination network with a naphthalenediimide (NDI)-based ligand.

Graphical abstract: Emergence of electrical conductivity in a flexible coordination polymer by using chemical reduction
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Communication

Pore space partition of a fragile Ag(I)-carboxylate framework via post-synthetic linker insertion

Pore space partitioning via post-synthetic insertion of dipyridyl linkers with different lengths modulates the porosity of Ag(I)-based MOFs.

Graphical abstract: Pore space partition of a fragile Ag(i)-carboxylate framework via post-synthetic linker insertion
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Open Access Communication

Filling vacancies in a Prussian blue analogue using mechanochemical post-synthetic modification

Mechanochemical grinding offers a method of reducing the vacancy concentration of Prussian blue analogues.

Graphical abstract: Filling vacancies in a Prussian blue analogue using mechanochemical post-synthetic modification
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Communication

The force of MOFs: the potential of switchable metal–organic frameworks as solvent stimulated actuators

The force exerted by flexible metal–organic framework through expansion was experimentally evaluated for MIL-53(Al).

Graphical abstract: The force of MOFs: the potential of switchable metal–organic frameworks as solvent stimulated actuators
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Communication

Salt nanoconfinement in zirconium-based metal–organic frameworks leads to pore-size and loading-dependent ionic conductivity enhancement

Confinement of the salt [NEt4][TFSI] in metal–organic frameworks leads to a significant enhancement in ionic conductivity, pointing toward a novel method of creating solid ion conductors.

Graphical abstract: Salt nanoconfinement in zirconium-based metal–organic frameworks leads to pore-size and loading-dependent ionic conductivity enhancement
From the themed collection: Functional Coordination Networks
Communication

Rotation of a helical coordination polymer by mechanical grinding

Mechanical grinding causes anisotropic cell volume expansion, which facilitates the misaligned arms containing olefin functional groups in the neighbouring strands of the photo-inert helical coordination polymer to align to undergo [2+2] cycloaddition reaction.

Graphical abstract: Rotation of a helical coordination polymer by mechanical grinding
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Communication

Organic “receptor” fully covered few-layer organic–metal chalcogenides for high-performance chemiresistive gas sensing at room temperature

2D organic–metal chalcogenides (OMCs) were developed as a new type of material for high-performance RT gas sensing.

Graphical abstract: Organic “receptor” fully covered few-layer organic–metal chalcogenides for high-performance chemiresistive gas sensing at room temperature
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Communication

Reactivity of borohydride incorporated in coordination polymers toward carbon dioxide

Borohydride-containing coordination polymers convert CO2 into formate or formylhydroborate depending on their crystal structures.

Graphical abstract: Reactivity of borohydride incorporated in coordination polymers toward carbon dioxide
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Communication

Interfacial engineering of a polymer–MOF composite by in situ vitrification

In situ vitrification of MOF within polymer can rigidify the polymer chains and remove interfacial defects, leading to a significantly enhanced membrane selectivity.

Graphical abstract: Interfacial engineering of a polymer–MOF composite by in situ vitrification
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About this collection

Coordination networks, which include metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), have a reputation for forming aesthetically pleasing and often stunningly beautiful extended molecular architectures. Whilst much of the early work on these systems was devoted to synthesis and structure determination, there has been an increasing emphasis upon producing functional crystalline network materials by exploiting the ease with which wide-ranging properties may be introduced into networks through judicious selection of molecular building blocks. The potential applications of these extended metal-ligand assemblies span vast areas of technology, from superadsorbents to drug delivery materials, from heterogeneous catalysts to crystals that exhibit fascinating magnetic and electronic properties. The type of coordination networks that can be formed in addition to their specific areas of application appears to be limited only by the imagination of the researchers.
Guest Edited by Brendan Abrahams (University of Melbourne), Stuart Batten (Monash University) and Deanna D’Alessandro (University of Sydney), this themed issue will bring together current work from world leaders who are active in the field of functional coordination networks. One of the aims of this themed collection is to provide a snapshot of the diverse paths that research is heading with respect to metal-ligand network materials. Whilst experimental work has led to great fundamental advancements within the field, computational studies are having an increasing impact. Accordingly, this special issue with its focus on functional coordination networks, includes recent examples of computational investigations that have provided key insights into understanding structure-function relationships.

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