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Structure prediction

Encoding evolution of porous solids

The design and prediction of network topology is challenging, even when the components' principle interactions are strong. Now, frameworks with relatively weak 'chiral recognition' between organic building blocks have been synthesized and rationalized in silico — an important development in the reticular synthesis of molecular crystals.

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Figure 1: Illustrative models of crystal structures amongst key families of porous solids.
Figure 2: Porous solids assembled from linear and tetrahedral tectons.


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Mellot-Draznieks, C., Cheetham, A. Encoding evolution of porous solids. Nature Chem 9, 6–8 (2017).

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