Lattice-Guided Construction and Harvest of a Naturally Nonpreferred Metal-Organic Framework

Sujeong Lee, Gihyun Lee, Moonhyun Oh

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Constructing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to have a desired structure from the given components is critical to achieve ideal MOFs with optimal properties. However, thermodynamics and/or kinetics typically impose a restriction on MOF structures. Here, we report the MOF farming concept to produce a naturally nonpreferred structure from the given components. The HKUST-1 template offers ideal places for the efficient seeding and epitaxial growth of Ga-MIL-88B that is a naturally nonpreferred structure however intentionally produced instead of the preferred Ga-MIL-68. The MOF growth on the differently shaped HKUST-1 templates (octahedral, cuboctahedral, and cubic), containing different exposed lattices, proves that a hexagonal lattice with an exposed {111} plane of HKUST-1 selectively directs the perpendicular growth of Ga-MIL-88B, owing to the lattice matching with the {001} plane of Ga-MIL-88B. The grown Ga-MIL-88B is isolated in a pure form, and the refreshed template is reused to grow additional Ga-MIL-88B.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17907-17916
Number of pages10
JournalACS Nano
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 23

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (no. NRF-2017R1A2B3007271).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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