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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry