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Coordination Polymers

Supramolecular Materials Chemistry

  1. Edwin C. Constable

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc121

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

How to Cite

Constable, E. C. 2012. Coordination Polymers. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

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  1. University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

Abstract

This chapter describes the use of metal ions to control the assembly of multifunctional organic molecules to form networks exhibiting one-, two-, or three-dimensional structures. The assembly is based on the concepts of metallosupramolecular chemistry—the matching of ligand donor and spatial properties with the coordination and geometrical requirements of the metal ion. These materials, also termed metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) or tectonic solids, possess unique extended structures and their ease of synthesis makes them attractive candidates for large-scale applications. The synthetic strategies and methodologies are reviewed and the present and potential applications of these new materials are discussed in brief.

Keywords:

  • coordination polymer;
  • network;
  • metallosupramolecular;
  • node;
  • bridging ligand;
  • MOF;
  • tecton;
  • metal-organic framework;
  • microporous