Metal-organic microstructures: From rectangular to stellated and interpenetrating polyhedra

Sreejith Shankar, Renata Balgley, Michal Lahav, Sidney R. Cohen, Ronit Popovitz-Biro, Milko E. Van Der Boom

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Despite the tremendous progress made in the design of supramolecular and inorganic materials, it still remains a great challenge to obtain uniform structures with tailored size and shape. Metal-organic frameworks and infinite coordination polymers are examples of rapidly emerging materials with useful properties, yet limited morphological control. In this paper, we report the solvothermal synthesis of diverse metal-organic (sub)-microstructures with a high degree of uniformity. The porous and thermally robust monodisperse crystalline solids consist of tetrahedral polypyridyl ligands and nickel or copper ions. Our bottom-up approach demonstrates the direct assembly of these materials without the addition of any surfactants or modulators. Reaction parameters in combination with molecular structure encoding are the keys to size-shape control and structural uniformity of our metal-organic materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-231
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 14 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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