Oriented Nanoscale Films of Metal–Organic Frameworks By Room-Temperature Gel-Layer Synthesis


  • Financial assistance from DFG (SPP 1362) is gratefully acknowledged. The authors would like to thank Dr. S. Schmidt and B. Rühle for the help in sample characterization.


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MOF Brylcreem: A gel-layer-based strategy is used for the growth of highly oriented thin films of metal–organic frameworks on self-assembled monolayers attached to a gold slide. The monolayer is loaded with the metal-salt-containing poly(ethylene glycol) gel layer (see picture; metal ions in red) and covered with a solution containing the linker molecules (blue).