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Volume 10 Issue 10, October 2018

Magnetic MOF monolayers

Layered coordination polymers (LCPs) are usually too fragile to withstand the ‘Scotch-tape method’ widely used to mechanically exfoliate a variety of materials. Now a team led by Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas and Eugenio Coronado has successfully stripped a family of five isoreticular crystalline, magnetic LCPs – based on Fe(II) centres and five benzimidazole derivatives – down to monolayers (an artistic representation of a single sheet is shown on the cover). The use of functionalized ligands in the bulk LCPs means that the magnetic 2D materials obtained on exfoliation are already functionalized; this approach avoids the need for a surface-engineering step which is known to introduce defects.

See Coronado et al.

Image: Sr.Brightside Studio - José Moreno. Cover Design: Tulsi Voralia.

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