Dr. Vincent Guillerm and Prof. Daniel Maspoch just published a perspective article in J. Am. Chem. Soc, bringing a fresh viewpoint on the assembly of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
After two early disclosures of the work through conferences in the UK and Austria by Vincent, the conclusions of our work on studying about 100 different MOFs structures with 70 topologies are now available!
It is not really an article, not really a review, it is like a MOF: hybrid! (in fact, a perspective)
Don't miss out this piece of work, warmly received by reviewers who all commented on how beautifully illustrated it is (in addition to being novel and useful enough for publication!). We let you judge by yourself!
Abstract: The past 20 years have witnessed tremendous advances in the field of porous materials, including the development of novel metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that show great potential for practical applications aimed at addressing global environmental and industrial challenges. A critical tool enabling this progress has been reticular chemistry, through which researchers can design materials that exhibit highly regular (i.e. edge-transitive) topologies, based on the assembly of geometrically-matched building blocks into specific nets. However, innovation sometimes demands that researchers steer away from default topologies to instead pursue unusual geometries. In this perspective, we cover this aspect and introduce the concept of geometry mismatch, in which seemingly incompatible building blocks are combined to generate non-default structures. We describe diverse MOF assemblies built through geometry mismatch generated by use of ligand bend-angles, twisted functional groups, zigzag ligands and other elements, focusing on carboxylate-based MOFs combined with common inorganic clusters. We aim to provide a fresh perspective on rational design of MOFs and to help readers understand the countless options now available to achieve greater structural complexity in MOFs.