Sequential Transformation of Zirconium(IV)‐MOFs into Heterobimetallic MOFs Bearing Magnetic Anisotropic Cobalt(II) Centers Academic Article uri icon


  • Heterometallic metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) allow the precise placement of various metals at atomic precision within a porous framework. This new level of control by MOFs promises fascinating advances in basic science and application. However, the rational design and synthesis of heterometallic MOFs remains a challenge due to the complexity of the heterometallic systems. Herein, we show that bimetallic MOFs with MX2 (INA)4 moieties (INA=isonicotinate; M=Co2+ or Fe2+ ; X=OH- , Cl- , Br- , I- , NCS- , or NCSe- ) can be generated by the sequential modification of a Zr-based MOF. This multi-step modification not only replaced the linear organic linker with a square planar MX2 (INA)4 unit, but also altered the symmetry, unit cell, and topology of the parent structure. Single-crystal to single-crystal transformation is realized so that snapshots for transition process were captured by successive single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, the installation of Co(NCS)2 (INA)4 endows field-induced slow magnetic relaxation property to the diamagnetic Zr-MOF.

altmetric score

  • 3.45

author list (cited authors)

  • Yuan, S., Qin, J., Su, J., Li, B., Li, J., Chen, W., ... Zhou, H.

citation count

  • 29

publication date

  • August 2018