My colleague and great friend Dra. Sabina Rodriguez signed a great contribution on a tricky topic studying the post synthetic modifications that can be performed to affect one of the crucial properties of MOFs: Their water resistance. I am glad I was given the chance to be part of it. These unprecedented findings have been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
Abstract: Materials with surfaces that can be switched from high/superhydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity are useful for myriad applications. Herein, we report a metal–organic framework (MOF) assembled from ZnII ions, 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate, and a hydrophobic carborane-based linker. The MOF crystal-surface can be switched between hydrophobic and superhydrophilic through a chemical treatment to remove some of the building blocks.