Net-Clipping: An Approach to Deduce the Topology of Metal-Organic Frameworks Built with Zigzag Ligands

Borja Ortín-Rubio, Hosein Ghasempour, Vincent Guillerm, Ali Morsali, Judith Juanhuix, Inhar Imaz, Daniel Maspoch

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Herein we propose a new approach for deducing the topology of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) assembled from organic ligands of low symmetry, which we call net-clipping. It is based on the construction of nets by rational deconstruction of edge-transitive nets comprising higher-connected molecular building blocks (MBBs). We have applied netclipping to predict the topologies of MOFs containing zigzag ligands. To this end, we derived 2-connected (2-c) zigzag ligands from 4-c square-like MBBs by first splitting the 4-c nodes into two 3-c nodes and then, clipping their two diagonally connecting groups. We demonstrate that, when this approach is applied to the 17 edge-transitive nets containing square-like 4-c MBBs, net-clipping deduces generation of ten nets with different underlying topologies. Moreover, we report that literature and experimental research corroborate successful implementation of our approach. As proof-of-concept, we employed netclipping to form three new MOFs built with zigzag ligands, each of which exhibits the deduced topology
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
StatePublished - May 1 2020

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Spanish MINECO (project RTI2018-095622-B-I00), the Catalan AGAUR (project 2017SGR 238), and the ERC under the EU-FP7 (ERC-Co 615954). It was also funded by the CERCA Program/Generalitat de Catalunya. ICN2 is supported by the Severo Ochoa program from the Spanish MINECO (Grant No. SEV-2017-0706).


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