A Series of Mesoporous Rare‐Earth Metal–Organic Frameworks Constructed from Organic Secondary Building Units Academic Article uri icon


  • Further development of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) requires an establishment of hierarchical interaction within the framework. Herein, we report a series of mesoporous rare-earth (RE) MOFs that are constructed from an unusual 12-connected π-stacked pyrene secondary building unit (SBU) and a typical 12-connected RE6 cluster (RE=Eu, Y, Yb, Tb, Ce). The judicious design of a butterfly-shape pyrene ligand with a tert-butyl substituent enables the formation of the disordered 12-connected organic SBUs on its strong intermolecular π-π interactions. The assembly of 12-connected inorganic cuboctahedron SBUs and 12-connected organic distorted hexagonal prism SBUs generates an unprecedented network that can be further simplified into a 4,4-connected pts net linked from planar square and tetrahedra. This work provides fresh insights into the design and synthesis of frameworks constructed from coordinatively, covalently, and noncovalently linked building units.

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  • 12.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Lv, X., Feng, L., Wang, K., Xie, L., He, T., Wu, W., Li, J., & Zhou, H.

citation count

  • 0

publication date

  • November 2020