Metal-Organic Frameworks as Platforms for the Controlled Nanostructuring of Single-Molecule Magnets. Academic Article uri icon


  • The prototypical single-molecule magnet (SMM) molecule [Mn12O12(O2CCH3)16(OH2)4] was incorporated under mild conditions into a highly porous metal-organic framework (MOF) matrix as a proof of principle for controlled nanostructuring of SMMs. Four independent experiments revealed that the SMM clusters were successfully loaded in the MOF pores, namely synchrotron-based powder diffraction, physisorption analysis, and in-depth magnetic and thermal analyses. The results provide incontrovertible evidence that the magnetic composite, SMM@MOF, combines key SMM properties with the functional properties of MOFs. Most importantly, the incorporated SMMs exhibit a significantly enhanced thermal stability with SMM loading advantageously occurring at the periphery of the bulk MOF crystals with only a single SMM molecule isolated in the transverse direction of the pores.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 4.55

author list (cited authors)

  • Aulakh, D., Pyser, J. B., Zhang, X., Yakovenko, A. A., Dunbar, K. R., & Wriedt, M.

citation count

  • 116

complete list of authors

  • Aulakh, Darpandeep||Pyser, Joshua B||Zhang, Xuan||Yakovenko, Andrey A||Dunbar, Kim R||Wriedt, Mario

publication date

  • July 2015