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Type: Journal article
Title: X-ray crystallography in open-framework materials
Author: Bloch, W.
Champness, N.
Doonan, C.
Citation: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015; 54(44):12860-12867
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1433-7851
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Witold M. Bloch, Neil R. Champness and Christian J. Doonan
Abstract: Open-framework materials, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and coordination polymers have been widely investigated for their gas adsorption and separation properties. However, recent studies have demonstrated that their highly crystalline structures can be used to periodically organize guest molecules and non-structural metal compounds either within their pore voids or by anchoring to their framework architecture. Accordingly, the open framework can act as a matrix for isolating and elucidating the structures of these moieties by X-ray diffraction. This concept has broad scope for development as an analytical tool where obtaining single crystals of a target molecule presents a significant challenge and it additionally offers potential for obtaining insights into chemically reactive species that can be stabilized within the pore network. However, the technique does have limitations and as yet a general experimental method has not been realized. Herein we focus on recent examples in which framework materials have been utilized as a scaffold for ordering molecules for analysis by diffraction methods and canvass areas for future exploration.
Keywords: X-ray crystallography
coordination polymers
crystallization matrix
metal-organic frameworks
structure elucidation
Rights: © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201501545
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