A flexible thioether-based MOF as a crystalline sponge for structural characterization of liquid organic molecules Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 the Partner Organisations. Herein, we present a flexible MOF (PCN-41) composed of a thioether-based linker and a stair-like {Cu4I4} cluster. Upon the inclusion of liquid organic molecules, PCN-41 undergoes a single crystal to single crystal transformation to allow for ordered arrangement of the guest molecules. By virtue of the low symmetry, structural flexibility, and the electron-rich cavity environment, PCN-41 exhibits crystalline sponge behavior toward a series of electron-deficient liquid molecules including DMF, MeCN, NMP, DMSO and benzaldehyde.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, X., Yuan, S., Qin, J., Lollar, C., Alsalme, A., & Zhou, H.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • January 2017