Organic–inorganic nanostructures

An organic-inorganic nanostructure is a nanoscale structure (that is, a structure with single units sized between 1 and 1000 nanometres) composed of an intimate combination of inorganic and organic components. As such, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are an example of an organic-inorganic nanostructure.

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    The formation of composite materials has been widely exploited to alter the chemical and physical properties of their components. Here the authors form metal–organic framework (MOF) crystal–glass composites in which a MOF glass matrix stabilises the open pore structure of MIL-53, leading to enhanced CO2 adsorption.

    • Jingwei Hou
    • , Christopher W. Ashling
    • , Sean M. Collins
    • , Andraž Krajnc
    • , Chao Zhou
    • , Louis Longley
    • , Duncan N. Johnstone
    • , Philip A. Chater
    • , Shichun Li
    • , Marie-Vanessa Coulet
    • , Philip L. Llewellyn
    • , François-Xavier Coudert
    • , David A. Keen
    • , Paul A. Midgley
    • , Gregor Mali
    • , Vicki Chen
    •  & Thomas D. Bennett
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    While biological fluoride ion channels display excellent F conductivity and selectivity, designing synthetic analogues remains highly challenging. Here the authors show that zirconium-based metal–organic frameworks with F binding sites and sub-1-nanometer channels exhibit ultrahigh F conductivity and selectivity.

    • Xingya Li
    • , Huacheng Zhang
    • , Peiyao Wang
    • , Jue Hou
    • , Jun Lu
    • , Christopher D. Easton
    • , Xiwang Zhang
    • , Matthew R. Hill
    • , Aaron W. Thornton
    • , Jefferson Zhe Liu
    • , Benny D. Freeman
    • , Anita J. Hill
    • , Lei Jiang
    •  & Huanting Wang
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    Scanning quantum dot microscopy, based on the use of a single molecule attached to the tip of the cantilever of an atomic force microscope, is shown to provide quantitative maps of surface potential distribution with atomic resolution.

    • Christian Wagner
    • , Matthew. F. B. Green
    • , Michael Maiworm
    • , Philipp Leinen
    • , Taner Esat
    • , Nicola Ferri
    • , Niklas Friedrich
    • , Rolf Findeisen
    • , Alexandre Tkatchenko
    • , Ruslan Temirov
    •  & F. Stefan Tautz
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    Plasmonic nanomaterials offer new frontiers as photocatalysis and sensor materials, yet elucidating factors controlling each is a challenge. Here, authors examine the role of electric fields in photocatalysis and biomolecule sensing abilities of peptide-nanotubesupported silver nanoparticles.

    • Sawsan Almohammed
    • , Sebastian Tade Barwich
    • , Andrew K. Mitchell
    • , Brian J. Rodriguez
    •  & James H. Rice
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    Induction of complex homochiral architectures by chiral transformation in a mixed enantiomer system has remained largely elusive. Here, the authors report a chirality dominance effect which induces homochiral suprastructures of calcium carbonate by a mixed, heterochiral nonracemic amino acid enantiomer system.

    • Wenge Jiang
    • , Dimitra Athanasiadou
    • , Shaodong Zhang
    • , Raffaella Demichelis
    • , Katarzyna B. Koziara
    • , Paolo Raiteri
    • , Valentin Nelea
    • , Wenbo Mi
    • , Jun-An Ma
    • , Julian D. Gale
    •  & Marc D. McKee

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