SALE-Ing a MOF-Based "Ship of Theseus." Sequential Building-Block Replacement for Complete Reformulation of a Pillared-Paddlewheel Metal-Organic Framework

Yan Xu, Nicolaas A. Vermeulen, Yangyang Liu, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K. Farha

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A complete structure and composition evolution of a pillared-paddlewheel metal-organic framework was achieved using a combination of solvent-assisted linker exchange (SALE) and node transmetalation. In this example, each building unit - the di-topic carboxylate strut, the di-topic nitrogen-based pillar, and the di-zinc node - of the original metal-organic framework is replaced in sequential fashion to produce a nickel-based daughter metal-organic framework with entirely different components.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016



  • Carboxylate ligands
  • Coordination modes
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Synthesis design
  • Transmetalation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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