Special Issue "Metal-Organic Frameworks: A Diverse Class of Compounds with Structures and Applications Only Limited by the Imagination of the Researcher"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Organometallic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Lars Öhrström
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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Division of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
Interests: metal-organic frameworks
Prof. Dr. Susan Bourne
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Centre for Supramolecular Chemistry Research, Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
Interests: supramolecular chemistry
Dr. Francoise M. Amombo Noa
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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
Interests: supramolecular chemistry (halogen bond, co-crystal, pharmaceutical co-crystal, crystal growth); reticular chemistry (metal-organic frameworks, covalent-organic frameworks); crystallography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the design, synthesis, and study of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), a diverse class of materials which usually form aesthetic and extremely beautiful extended coordination networks with an organic ligand and a metal ion or metal cluster in 1-dimensional, 2-dimensional, and 3-dimensional frameworks. MOF chemistry has tremendously advanced with various applications, such as gas storage, drug delivery materials, heterogenous catalysts, water harvesting, and many more. The assembly and structure-directing role of the multimetallic secondary building unit (SBU) is central to the synthesis and understanding of MOFs, which is why some crystal structures of these stunning extended molecular architectures also illustrate fascinating magnetic and electronic properties. There is also more of an interplay of theoretical and experimental approaches, further increasing the scope of MOF research. The goal of this Special Issue is to assemble contributions from scientists with similar research interests and let their imagination be the limit of their discoveries. We invite original contributions as well as short, focused reviews.

Prof. Dr. Lars Öhrström
Prof. Dr. Susan Bourne
Dr. Francoise M. Amombo Noa
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Metal–organic frameworks
  • Coordination network
  • Secondary building unit
  • Magnetism
  • Electronic properties
  • Topology
  • Thermo- and solvatochromic properties
  • Catalysis
  • Redox-active materials
  • Synthesis

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Hybrid Metal-Organic Framework-Cellulose Materials Retaining High Porosity: [email protected] Nanofibrils
Inorganics 2021, 9(11), 84; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/inorganics9110084 - 20 Nov 2021
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Metal-organic frameworks have attracted a great deal of attention for future applications in numerous areas, including gas adsorption. However, in order for them to reach their full potential a substrate to provide an anchor may be needed. Ideally, this substrate should be environmentally [...] Read more.
Metal-organic frameworks have attracted a great deal of attention for future applications in numerous areas, including gas adsorption. However, in order for them to reach their full potential a substrate to provide an anchor may be needed. Ideally, this substrate should be environmentally friendly and renewable. Cellulose nanofibrils show potential in this area. Here we present a hybrid material created from the self-assembly of zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF-8) nanocrystals on cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) in aqueous medium. The CNF/ZIF-8 was freeze dried and formed free standing materials suitable for gas adsorption. A BET area of 1014 m2 g−1 was achieved for the CNF/ZIF-8 hybrid materials [email protected] which is comparable with reported values for free standing ZIF-8 materials, 1600 m2 g−1, considering the dilution with cellulose, and a considerable enhancement compared to CNF on its own, 32 m2 g−1. Full article
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Nanostructure and Luminescent Properties of Bimetallic Lanthanide Eu/Gd, Tb/Gd and Eu/Tb Coordination Polymers
Inorganics 2021, 9(10), 77; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/inorganics9100077 - 15 Oct 2021
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This study presents the synthesis, structural and luminescence properties for lanthanide metal–organic frameworks (LnMOFs), which belong to the sub-class of coordination polymers. The series of nanosized LnMOFs (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb, Eu0.5Gd0.5, Tb0.5Gd0.5 and Eu [...] Read more.
This study presents the synthesis, structural and luminescence properties for lanthanide metal–organic frameworks (LnMOFs), which belong to the sub-class of coordination polymers. The series of nanosized LnMOFs (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb, Eu0.5Gd0.5, Tb0.5Gd0.5 and Eu0.5Tb0.5) was prepared by solvothermal synthesis using a modulator (sodium acetate). We investigated the various surface chemistry compositions of the isostructural LnMOFs with a [Ln(btc)] structure (BTC: Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate) by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The XPS confirmed the mixed-valent Eu3+ and Eu2+ compounds, and the presence of Tb in both +3 and +4 valence states, and one +3 valency of Gd. A nanostructure of mixed LnMOFs (EuGd, TbGd and EuTb) with a rod-like shape is related to luminescence properties. The MOFs (EuTb and EuGd) presented Comission Internationale de l’Éclairage (CIE) chromaticities of x = 0.666 and y = 0.331, and x = 0.654 and y = 0.348, respectively, in the red region. They were better than the values desired for use in commercial phosphors, which are x = 0.64 and y = 0.35. For [Tb/Gd(btc)], the CIE coordinates were x = 0.334 and y = 0.562, presenting emissions in the green region. Bimetallic LnMOFs are very promising UV light sensors for biological applications. Full article
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