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Keywords:

  • cluster compounds;
  • gold;
  • metal–organic frameworks;
  • microporous materials;
  • topochemistry
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Trapping gold! A novel porous metal–organic framework (MOF) with an unprecedented hexagonal (4,8)-connected topology has been assembled and characterized. By employing the resultant MOF as a host, for the first time, ultrafine Au clusters with an average atom number of 2.5 were successfully prepared and incorporated into the pores of the MOF through a simple surfactant-free method (see graphic).