My main post-doctoral project are finally published ! After a long time working, designing, and writing up, the paper is now out in the prestigious journal Nature Chemistry. This nice work is also highlighted on the cover of the journal. (get the article as pdf)
Nature Chemistry cover (August 2014) highlighting the gea-MOF paper
I must thank my colleague and friend Łukasz, the great organic chemist who made the crazy ligand become real !
Following the breakthrough results recently published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. by my colleague Dongxu Xue, about the synthesis of various fcu-MOFs, based on rare earths (RE) inorganic clusters, I explored the combination of a triangular ligand and RE, in the presence of fluorinated modulator, and isolated a new highly connected RE nonanuclear cluster. This cluster is surrounded by eighteen 3-connected ligands to form MOF with a highly connected (3,18)-c net, gea topology (gea: guillerm, eddaoudi, net a). This gea-MOF-1 is highly porous, thermally stable, catalytically active for the synthesis of cyclic carbonates, and shows great promises for the separation of hydrocarbons.
Topological exploration followed to discover gea-MOF-1 and the related gea net (Adapted from Nature Chem).
Unambiguously, this report shows that MOF design finally became true!