Advanced Materials

Self-Assembling Frameworks: Beyond microporous oxides

Authors

  • Carol L. Bowes,

    1. Advanced Materials Chemistry Research Group Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto 80 St. George Street, Toronto M5S 1A1 (Canada)
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    • Carol Bowes received her B.Sc. degree in chemistry from McGill University in 1988, graduating first in her class and receiving awards from Anachemia, BASF Canada, Anne Molson, and the Society of Chemical Industry. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Toronto in 1991, where she is now completing her Ph.D. in inorganic solid-state chemistry in the group of Prof. Ozin. She is specialzing in the synthesis and characterization of low-dimensional and microporous main group chalcogenides, with the goal of developing materials for chemical sensing or advanced electronic and optical applications.

  • Prof. Geoffrey A. Ozin

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    1. Advanced Materials Chemistry Research Group Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto 80 St. George Street, Toronto M5S 1A1 (Canada)
    • Advanced Materials Chemistry Research Group Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto 80 St. George Street, Toronto M5S 1A1 (Canada)
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    • Geoffrey A. Ozin received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from King's College, University of London, in 1965, and his D. Phil. in inorganic chemistry from Oriel College, University of Oxford, in 1967. From 1967 to 1969 he was an ICI Post Doctoral Fellow at Southampton University before joining the chemistry faculty at the University of Toronto in 1969, where he is a Full Professor. His field of specialization is interdisciplinary materials chemistry and his current research interests include solid-state chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, host-guest inclusion chemistry, and microgravity chemistry. He has published more that 350 articles in refereed journals and 10 patents.


  • The generous financial assistance of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada is gratefully appreciated. Also, CB is grateful to NSERC for a Post-graduate Research Scholarship and to the University of Toronto for an Open Scholarship. We thank the members of the Advanced Materials Chemistry Research Group, especially Dr. David Young, for their helpful conversations, as well as the authors (M. G. Kanatzidis and R. Robson) whose work is discussed here for providing supplementary information where required.

Abstract

The self-assembly of inorganic open framework structures has blossomed during the 1990s. Following a short historical summary of the field, the main features of the major classes of microporous materials—cyanide open-frameworks, chalcogenides, polychalcogenides and thio-pnictates—are described. The Review concludes with a brief discussion of microporous structures of the main group (e.g. K8Sn25, see figure) and organic tecton frameworks.

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