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Crumple zones in MOFs

The applicability of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) — in spite of their obvious potential — is hindered by stability issues, in particular towards water. Now, a ‘crumple zone’ concept has been proposed in which the presence of sacrificial bonds protects a MOF without significantly altering its structure or functionality.

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Fig. 1: Schematic representation of the ‘crumple zone’ mechanism.