Crystalline Materials for Environmental Remediation Web Collection

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 novel methoxy-decorated metal–organic framework exhibiting high acetylene and carbon dioxide storage capacities


CrystEngComm, 2017,19



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.

Capture of volatile iodine by newly prepared and characterized non-porous [CuI]n-based coordination polymers

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.



Luminescent sensing and photocatalytic degradation properties of an uncommon (4,5,5)-connected 3D MOF based on 3,5-di(3′,5′-dicarboxylphenyl)benzoic acid


CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 4368-4377 


An uncommon microporous MOF 1 used as fluorescent chemosensor for NACs and as photocatalyst.






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

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.


Hierarchically structured magnesium based oxides: synthesis strategies and applications in organic pollutant remediation

CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 6913-6926


In this highlight, we review the design and formation of MgO based hierarchical structures and cover some selected examples on their applications in adsorption of organic contaminants.


Hollow CuxO (x = 2, 1) micro/nanostructures: synthesis, fundamental properties and applications

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.



See the full collection here.


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