Volume 95 Issue 17 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 24, 2017 | Web Date: April 21, 2017

Lowest density MOF to date

Simple building blocks produce complex structure with a unit cell made up of 816 uranium nodes and 816 organic linkers
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: metal-organic frameworks, MOF, uranium

With a density of just 0.124 g/cm3, NU-1301 now holds the record for lowest density metal-organic framework, or MOF. Although NU-1301 is made up of just uranium oxide and tricarboxylate organic linker units, the MOF’s structure is incredibly complex: Its unit cell measures 173 Å across and is composed of 816 uranium nodes and 816 organic linkers (Science 2017, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7851).

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