A unique feature, which distinguishes some MOFs from conventional porous materials, is the ability to ‘breathe’ i.e. to expand or contract in response to external stimuli such as variation in temperature. Such flexible networks are also called ‘breathing’ MOFs. In their recent Hot Article Roland Fischer and his colleagues have investigated the structural transformations of such breathing frameworks yielding valuable insights in the underlying mechanisms.
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Multiple phase-transitions upon selective CO2 adsorption in an alkyl ether functionalized metal–organic framework—an in situ X-ray diffraction study
Sebastian Henke, D. C. Florian Wieland, Mikhail Meilikhov, Michael Paulus, Christian Sternemann, Kirill Yusenko and Roland A. Fischer
CrystEngComm, 2011, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C1CE05446E