Most cited Coordination Network papers of 2017!

Coordination Polymers and Metal-Organic Frameworks are among the most promising crystalline materials for a variety of applications, from gas storage to the detection of hazardous materials. The design, engineering and growth of these materials are pressing challenges, and papers tackling these hurdles are among our most impactful of 2017.


Most Cited Research:


This original research is off to a great start, as some of our most cited work these papers and communications are already receiving recognition from the coordination polymer community.


Template synthesis and photochromism of a layered zinc diphosphonate

Jin-Hua Li, Song-De Han, Jie Pan, Zhen-Zhen Xue, Guo-Ming Wang, Zong-Hua Wang and Zhen-Zhen Bao

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 1160-1164

DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00212B

A layered zinc-diphosphonate templated by protonated 2,4,6-tri(4-pyridyl)-1,3,5-triazine was hydrothermally fabricated. The title compound displays rapid photochromism upon irradiation with UV light or sunlight at ambient temperature.

Two lanthanide-based metal–organic frameworks for highly efficient adsorption and removal of fluoride ions from water

Aiqing Ma, Fei Ke, Jing Jiang, Qiaoyu Yuan, Zhidong Luo, Jianqiang Liu and Abhinav Kumarc

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 2172-2177 

DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00291B

The contamination of water with fluoride (F) is a source of mounting concern for global public health, and the removal of fluoride is quite important and challenging.

A viologen-based coordination polymer exhibiting high sensitivity towards various light sources

Wen-Bo Li, Qing-Xia Yao, Li Sun, Xiao-Dong Yang, Rui-Yun Guo and Jie Zhang

  CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 722-726

DOI: 10.1039/C6CE02496C

The coordination self-assembly of a photoactive viologen ligand in the presence of a strong electron-donating oxalate anion has successfully afforded a photochromic coordination polymer with high sensitivity not only to ultraviolet-visible radiation but also to X-rays.



Most Cited Reviews:


These Highlight articles are among our most cited of 2017, reviewing the advances and trends that are making waves in the coordination network and MOF community:


Metal–organic frameworks with Lewis acidity: synthesis, characterization, and catalytic applications

Zhigang Hu and Dan Zhao  

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 4066-4081

DOI: 10.1039/C6CE02660E

In this highlight, we review the recent development in the design and synthesis of metal–organic frameworks with Lewis acidity, the characterization techniques of Lewis acid sites, and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis.


Understanding metal–organic frameworks for photocatalytic solar fuel production

G. Santaclara, F. Kapteijn, J. Gascon and M. A. van der Veen

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 4118-4125

DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00006E

The fascinating chemical and physical properties of MOFs have recently stimulated exploration of their application for photocatalysis. Design guidelines for these materials in photocatalytic solar fuel generation can be developed by applying the right spectroscopic tools.


How 2-periodic coordination networks are interweaved: entanglement isomerism and polymorphism

Eugeny V. Alexandrov, Vladislav A. Blatov and Davide M. Proserpio

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 1993-2006

DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00313G

A method of analysis of entanglements in coordination polymers allows the classification of catenation patterns in all known 2-periodic coordination networks.



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