Stable Metal-Organic Frameworks: Design, Synthesis, and Applications. Academic Article uri icon


  • Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are an emerging class of porous materials with potential applications in gas storage, separations, catalysis, and chemical sensing. Despite numerous advantages, applications of many MOFs are ultimately limited by their stability under harsh conditions. Herein, the recent advances in the field of stable MOFs, covering the fundamental mechanisms of MOF stability, design, and synthesis of stable MOF architectures, and their latest applications are reviewed. First, key factors that affect MOF stability under certain chemical environments are introduced to guide the design of robust structures. This is followed by a short review of synthetic strategies of stable MOFs including modulated synthesis and postsynthetic modifications. Based on the fundamentals of MOF stability, stable MOFs are classified into two categories: high-valency metal-carboxylate frameworks and low-valency metal-azolate frameworks. Along this line, some representative stable MOFs are introduced, their structures are described, and their properties are briefly discussed. The expanded applications of stable MOFs in Lewis/Brnsted acid catalysis, redox catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, gas storage, and sensing are highlighted. Overall, this review is expected to guide the design of stable MOFs by providing insights into existing structures, which could lead to the discovery and development of more advanced functional materials.

published proceedings

  • Adv Mater

altmetric score

  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Yuan, S., Feng, L., Wang, K., Pang, J., Bosch, M., Lollar, C., ... Zhou, H.

citation count

  • 1489

complete list of authors

  • Yuan, Shuai||Feng, Liang||Wang, Kecheng||Pang, Jiandong||Bosch, Matheiu||Lollar, Christina||Sun, Yujia||Qin, Junsheng||Yang, Xinyu||Zhang, Peng||Wang, Qi||Zou, Lanfang||Zhang, Yingmu||Zhang, Liangliang||Fang, Yu||Li, Jialuo||Zhou, Hong-Cai

publication date

  • September 2018