The World's Smallest Free-standing Structure: Controlling the Behaviour of Nanomaterials

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Climate change and energy sources are two of the most prominent issues today, and almost all fields of materials science are hoping to address these issues.Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are a class of porous coordination polymers constructed from metal clusters and organic ligands, built up into lattice-like sturctures. They display high surface areas suitable for applications such as gas storage and chemical catalysis. Control over the precise arrangements of ligands within MOFs is a key challenge in the design of MOFs to fulfil specific purposes. Finer control allows better design of the chemical functionality in a MOF pore to create a desired environment.


We are working on frameworks where two different lattices are interpwoven, by design. These hybrid materials are ones where the secondary lattice is composed of different metals and ligands to the primary lattice, and it can also be one which is inaccessible by direct synthetic methods. This is possible because it is supported by the primary lattice. This represents a key step in the development of MOF design for specific purposes as it allows control over the spatial arrangement of different component ligands in a MOF.

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