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Metal-organic frameworks

Grown into shape

Keeping the organic and inorganic precursors in separate, immiscible solutions guides the growth of metal-organic frameworks into uniform thin layers that are shaped just like the liquid-liquid interface.

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Figure 1: Hollow spheres of Cu–BTC MOF formed by a self-healing mechanism at the interface between two solutions.


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