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.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 2

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 289

complete list of authors

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

publication date

  • January 2012