Researchers use networked porous metal complexes as crystalline 'sponges' that absorb and orient small molecules for X-ray crystallography.
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Inokuma, Y. et al. X-ray analysis on the nanogram to microgram scale using porous complexes. Nature 495, 461–466 (2013).
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Doerr, A. Crystallography without crystals. Nat Methods 10, 460–461 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmeth.2502