HOT Highlight: Zr(IV)-based metal–organic frameworks

This comprehensive Highlight by Min Kim and Seth Cohen outlines the discovery, development and functionalization of Zr(IV)-based metal–organic frameworks. MOFs in general have been widely studied and the potential in biotechnological applications, catalysis, chemical sensing, gas separation and gas storage is of great interest.

Zr(IV)-based MOFs were discovered in 2008 and in that short period substantial research has been undertaken with more than forty functionalised Zr(IV)-based MOFs discovered. This review looks in detail at the synthesis, functionalization and application of this relatively new addition to the MOF family. The authors note the great potential for Zr(IV)-based MOFs, including applications in catalysis, photo-chemical reactions and molecular separations.

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This article will be published later in the year in a CrystEngComm themed issue focussing on post-synthetic modification of coordination networks.

Discovery, development, and functionalization of Zr(IV)-based metal–organic frameworks
Min Kim and Seth M. Cohen
CrystEngComm, 2012, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE06491J, Highlight

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