Cooperative template-directed assembly of mesoporous metal-organic frameworks. Academic Article uri icon


  • Despite great efforts, the development of a reliable way to assemble mesoporous metal-organic frameworks (mesoMOFs) remains a challenge. In this work, we have designed a cooperative template system, comprising a surfactant (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) and a chelating agent (citric acid), for the generation of a mesoMOF containing a hierarchical system of mesopores interconnected with microspores. The surfactant molecules form micelles and the chelating agent bridges the MOF and the micelles, making self-assembly and crystal growth proceed under the direction of the cooperative template. However, when the surfactant or the chelating agent was applied individually, no mesoMOF was obtained.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sun, L., Li, J., Park, J., & Zhou, H.

complete list of authors

  • Sun, Lin-Bing||Li, Jian-Rong||Park, Jinhee||Zhou, Hong-Cai

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM