Retrosynthesis of multi-component metal-organic frameworks. Academic Article uri icon


  • Crystal engineering of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has allowed the construction of complex structures at atomic precision, but has yet to reach the same level of sophistication as organic synthesis. The synthesis of complex MOFs with multiple organic and/or inorganic components is ultimately limited by the lack of control over framework assembly in one-pot reactions. Herein, we demonstrate that multi-component MOFs with unprecedented complexity can be constructed in a predictable and stepwise manner under simple kinetic guidance, which conceptually mimics the retrosynthetic approach utilized to construct complicated organic molecules. Four multi-component MOFs were synthesized by the subsequent incorporation of organic linkers and inorganic clusters into the cavity of a mesoporous MOF, each composed of up to three different metals and two different linkers. Furthermore, we demonstrated the utility of such a retrosynthetic design through the construction of a cooperative bimetallic catalytic system with two collaborative metal sites for three-component Strecker reactions.

published proceedings

  • Nat Commun

altmetric score

  • 7.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Yuan, S., Qin, J., Li, J., Huang, L., Feng, L., Fang, Y. u., ... Zhou, H.

citation count

  • 129

complete list of authors

  • Yuan, Shuai||Qin, Jun-Sheng||Li, Jialuo||Huang, Lan||Feng, Liang||Fang, Yu||Lollar, Christina||Pang, Jiandong||Zhang, Liangliang||Sun, Di||Alsalme, Ali||Cagin, Tahir||Zhou, Hong-Cai

publication date

  • February 2018