Porosity tuning of carborane-based metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) via coordination chemistry and ligand design

Alexander M. Spokoyny, Omar K. Farha, Karen L. Mulfort, Joseph T. Hupp, Chad A. Mirkin

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Two new metal-organic framework (MOF) materials based on boron-rich cluster struts (p-carborane) are reported herein. Cu(I) catalyzed coupling chemistry was used to synthesize carboxylate-based ligands, which are substantially longer than the previously studied dicarboxylated p-carborane, leading to structures with greater porosity. Solvothermal syntheses involving these ligands and Zn salts were used to prepare two new Zn(II)-based MOFs with 2D and 3D open framework structures. Upon thermal activation, these MOFs retain the chemical identity of their frameworks, leading to highly porous materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-271
Number of pages6
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2010



  • Carboranes
  • Coordination polymers
  • MOFs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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