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MOF the beaten track: unusual structures and uncommon applications of metal–organic frameworks

Authors
  • Tansell, Alexander J.1
  • Jones, Corey L.1
  • Easun, Timothy L.1
  • 1 Cardiff University, School of Chemistry, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK , Cardiff (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Chemistry Central Journal
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Oct 11, 2017
Volume
11
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s13065-017-0330-0
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Over the past few decades, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have proved themselves as strong contenders in the world of porous materials, standing alongside established classes of compounds such as zeolites and activated carbons. Following extensive investigation into the porosity of these materials and their gas uptake properties, the MOF community are now branching away from these heavily researched areas, and venturing into unexplored avenues. Ranging from novel synthetic routes to post-synthetic functionalisation of frameworks, host–guest properties to sensing abilities, this review takes a sidestep away from increasingly ‘traditional’ approaches in the field, and details some of the more curious qualities of this relatively young family of materials.

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