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24 Jan 2010

A Double Whammy from the Stoddart–Yaghi Collaboration - A 25-page blockbuster in the last issue of Chemistry — A European Journal for 2009 – describing how crown ether struts not only coordinate to inorganic secondary building units to construct metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), but also retain their ability to dock electron-accepting (Paraquat) substrates at their active sites, was followed early in the New Year (2010) by a Chemical Communications highlighting a MOF with unprecedented ordering of catenanes in an extended two-dimensional solid-state structure. The MOF was constructed from struts in which degenerate catenane units become integrated, leading to a high density of these molecular switch prototypes, positioned precisely in a well-defined layered structure.

 

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