The quest for new and unique polynuclear metal-oxocarboxylate clusters has led to a continual boom of highly connected and robust metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with intriguing properties. In this work, by virtue of a highly specific coordination-driven cluster rearrangement process of a presynthesized trinuclear zirconocene-based tripodal metallo-pyridine ligand, we realized the preparation of the first two 2D heterometallic MOFs incorporating unprecedented Johnson-type (J51) nonanuclear Zr-oxocarboxylate clusters, as unambiguously uncovered by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. The resultant two charged frameworks feature counteranion-dependent 3,6-c kgd (JMOF-1) and 3,12-c 3,12L4 (JMOF-2) nets that are formed by octahedral and hexagonal prismatic Zr9 molecular building blocks (MBBs), respectively. In addition, JMOF-2 shows promise for the purification of acetylene from CO2 and C2H4, with IAST selectivities of about 12 and 8, respectively, at 298 K and 1 bar, as well as remarkable iodine capture capacity of up to 2.4 g g-1.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry