The capability of the natural environment to absorb the waste products of human enterprise and industry is being put under great strain by the growth in the world’s population and economy. Environmental remediation – the decontamination of soil, air, and water – and waste stream treatment are of the highest priority.
From carbon dioxide capture by MOFs and other porous materials, to the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants by crystalline nanomaterials, our new post-publication collection showcases recent work that demonstrates how Crystal Engineering is being applied to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges.
Here are a selection of the articles and ‘Highlight’ reviews included in the collection:
A new microporous metal–organic framework with optimized pore space and open metal sites has been realized, exhibiting high acetylene and carbon dioxide storage capacities.
CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 6116-6126
Four new non-porous copper(I) iodide coordination polymers have been synthesized and demonstrate volatile iodine capture with simultaneous fluorescence quenching.
CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 4368-4377
|CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 4066-4081
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.
|CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 6913-6926
|CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 6225-6251
In this review, we comprehensively summarize the important advances in hollow CuxO micro/nanostructures, including the universal synthesis strategies, the interfacial Cu–O atomic structures as well as the intrinsic properties, and potential applications. Remarks on emerging issues and promising research directions are also discussed.
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