The manner in which adjacent sheets stack in layered covalent organic frameworks largely influences their material properties, including chemical stability, crystallinity and porosity. The layer stacking of a COF has now been probed locally, showing disorder that is not detected through long-range characterization.
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Mähringer, A., Medina, D.D. Taking stock of stacking. Nat. Chem. 12, 985–987 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-020-00568-z