Ligand-Directed Reticular Synthesis of Catalytically Active Missing Zirconium-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks

Zhijie Chen, Penghao Li, Xingjie Wang, Ken Ichi Otake, Xuan Zhang, Lee Robison, Ahmet Atilgan, Timur Islamoglu, Morgan G. Hall, Gregory W. Peterson, J. Fraser Stoddart, Omar K. Farha*

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Zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks (Zr-MOFs) based on edge-transitive nets such as fcu, spn, she, csq, and ftw with diverse potential applications have been widely reported. Zr-MOFs based on the highly connected 6,12-connected alb net, however, remain absent on account of synthetic challenges. Herein we report the ligand-directed reticular syntheses and isoreticular expansion of a series of Zr-MOFs with the edge-transitive alb net from 12-connected hexagonal-prismatic Zr6 nodes and 6-connected trigonal-prismatic linkers, i.e., microporous NU-1600, mesoporous NU-1601, and mesoporous NU-1602. These Zr-MOFs exhibit remarkable activities toward the destruction of a nerve agent (soman) and a nerve agent simulant (DMNP).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12229-12235
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number31
StatePublished - Aug 7 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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