Metal–organic frameworks

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of crystalline materials that consist of coordination bonds between transition-metal cations and multidentate organic linkers. The structure of MOFs is characterized by an open framework that can be porous (porous materials). MOFs can be used for gas storage, purification and separation, as well catalysis and sensing applications.

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  • Research Highlights |

    Metal–organic frameworks with certain compositions can exist as glasses. Processable materials featuring intrinsic porosity are rare and are expected to be invaluable in chemical separations.

    • Andrew Bissette
  • News and Views |

    A rigid and easily scalable metal–organic framework is shown to be among the most efficient materials for separating ethylene from ethane.

    • Anastasiya Bavykina
    •  & Jorge Gascon
    Nature Materials 17, 1057-1058
  • News and Views |

    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.

    • Jürgen Senker
    Nature Chemistry 10, 1079-1081