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Keywords:

  • coordination chemistry;
  • mesoporous materials;
  • nanostructures;
  • organic–inorganic hybrid composites;
  • porosity

Abstract

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Merging of two structures: A strategy to develop micro–mesoporous materials using coordination chemistry is discussed and the concept is illustrated with the formation of mesostructured Prussian blue analogues. Through liquid-crystal templating, new routes to metal–organic microporous frameworks with simultaneous mesoporosity are discussed.

Although micro- and mesoporous materials have each been extensively studied separately, very little work has been done to combine both porosity ranges into a single material. Materials with bimodal porosity could have attractive properties for a wide range of applications and could open new areas of study. Here, we present a strategy to develop micro–mesoporous materials using coordination chemistry, and illustrate the concept with the formation of mesostructured Prussian blue analogues.