The Organic Secondary Building Unit: Strong Intermolecular π-Interactions Define Topology in MIT-25, a Mesoporous MOF with Proton-Replete Channels

Sarah Park, Christopher H Hendon, Alistair Fielding, Aron Walsh, Michael O’Keeffe, Mircea Dincă

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    Abstract

    The structure-directing role of the inorganic secondary building unit (SBU) is key for determining the topology of metal-organic frame-works (MOFs). Here, we show that organic building units relying on strong π interactions that are energetically competitive with the formation of common inorganic SBUs, and can play a role in defining topology. We demonstrate the importance of the organic SBU in the formation of Mg2H6(H3O)(TTFTB)3, a mesoporous MOF with the new ssp topology. A delocalized electronic hole is critical in the stabilization of the TTF triad organic SBUs and exemplifies a design principle for future MOF synthesis.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
    Early online date27 Feb 2017
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    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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