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Ion- and Liquid-Assisted Grinding: Improved Mechanochemical Synthesis of Metal–Organic Frameworks Reveals Salt Inclusion and Anion Templating


  • The Herchel Smith fund is acknowledged for a research fellowship (T.F.). M.J.D. and D.G.R. acknowledge BBSRC for funding. Financial support provided by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI) is acknowledged (I.H., R.E.D.). Prof. W. Jones, University of Cambridge, is acknowledged for helpful discussions.


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Just a pinch of salt: Small amounts of salts accelerate and direct the mechanochemical construction of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) from a metal oxide (see scheme; ILAG= ion- and liquid-assisted grinding). The resulting rapid and room-temperature synthesis demonstrates the ability to control mechanosynthesis of metal–organic compounds by templating, as well as the ability to use mechanochemistry to include ionic guests within neutral MOFs.