Volume 90 Issue 36 | p. 58 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 3, 2012

Biomimetic And Extreme Surface-Area Frameworks

MOFs with enzymelike catalytic properties and record-setting surface areas debuted in separate studies
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, JACS In C&EN
Keywords: MOF, framework compound, porous crystal, biomimetic

Two developments in the area of metal-organic framework (MOF) compounds may broaden commercialization and range of application of this class of porous crystals, which are composed of metal clusters joined by organic linkers. In one study, a team led by Texas A&M University chemists Zhi-Yuan Gu, Dawei Feng, and Hong-Cai Zhou used hemelike Fe-carboxyphenyl porphyrin units, which resemble enzyme cofactors, to link Zr6 clusters, forming a large-channel (3.7-nm diameter) MOF with . . .

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