MacDonald, John C.
We are investigating the possibility of an alternate approach to the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) based on the stepwise formation and deprotection of organometallic complexes with inhibited binding sites. MOFs are coordination polymers built out of metal ions connected by linking organic molecules known as ligands. MOFs are usually assembled in a single reaction step, in which the metal and organic components are combined in a solvent system and allowed to coordinate to each other. In the case of heterodentate ligands, mixed coordination schemes are possible. For this reason, we were interested in determining whether it would be possible to generate a framework via a stepwise reaction strategy.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Chemistry and Biochemistry