Minimal edge-transitive nets are regarded as suitable blueprints for the successful practice of reticular chemistry, and par excellence ideal for the deliberate design and rational construction of highly coordinated metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). We report the systematic generation of the highly connected minimal edge-transitive related nets (transitivity ) from parent edge-transitive nets (transitivity  or ), and their use as a guide for the deliberate design and directional assembly of highly coordinated MOFs from their associated net-coded building units (net-cBUs), 12-connected (12-c) double six-membered ring (d6R) building units. Notably, the generated related nets enclose the distinctive highly coordinated d6R (12-c) due to the subsequent coordination number increase in one node of the resultant new related net; that is, the (3,4,12)-c kce net is the (4,6)-c soc-related net, and the (3,6,12)-c kex and urx nets are the (6,6)-c nia-related nets. Intuitively, the combination of 12-connected hexagonal prismatic rare-earth (RE) nonanuclear [RE9(μ3-O)2(μ3-OH)12(O2C-)12] carboxylate-based clusters with purposely chosen organic or organic-inorganic hybrid building units led to the formation of the targeted highly coordinated MOFs based on selected minimal edge-transitive related nets. Interestingly, the kex-MOFs can alternatively be regarded as a zeolite-like MOF (ZMOF) based on the zeolite underlying topology afx, by considering the dodecacarboxylate ligand as a d6R building unit, delineating a new avenue toward the construction of ZMOFs through the composite building units as net-cBUs. This represents a significant step toward the effective discovery and design of novel minimal edge-transitive and highly coordinated materials using the d6Rs as net-cBUs.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Research reported in this publication was supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).