Reticular chemistry in all dimensions

August 6, 2019
reticular chemistry modelImage: courtesy ACS Central Science

In a new virtual collection from ACS Central Science, recently published articles about new research into reticular chemistry are highlighted.  Omar Yaghi, the James and Neeltje Tretter Professor of Chemistry, pens the introduction.

From the introduction: "Reticular chemistry is linking molecular building blocks by strong bonds into crystalline, extended structures as exemplified by porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs). It has also inspired amorphous materials such as porous aromatic frameworks (PAFs) and porous organic polymers (POPs). This chemistry is now practiced with a level of precision leading to synthesis of structures and addressing their pores in all dimensions (0D, 1D, 2D and 3D)."

Some of the topics covered in the issue include: electric field response of MOFs; PolyCOFs; porous aromatic frameworks; improving the mechanical stability of MOFS using chemical caryatids; computational design of functionalized MOF nodes for catalysis; porous molecular solids and liquids; and rapid, elective heavy metal removal from water by MOFs/polydopamine composite.

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