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Volume 85, Issue 8 (Jul 2013)


Terminology of metal–organic frameworks and coordination polymers (IUPAC Recommendations 2013)

Stuart R. Batten
  • Corresponding author
  • School of Chemistry, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
/ Neil R. Champness
  • Corresponding author
  • School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
/ Xiao-Ming Chen
  • Corresponding author
  • School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, PR China, 510275
/ Javier Garcia-Martinez
  • Corresponding author
  • Universidad de Alicante, Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig s/n, E-03690 Alicante, Spain
/ Susumu Kitagawa
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, 615-8510, Japan
/ Lars Öhrström
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
/ Michael O’Keeffe
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
/ Myunghyun Paik Suh
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-747, South Korea
/ Jan Reedijk
  • Corresponding author
  • Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Published Online: 2013-07-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1351/PAC-REC-12-11-20

A set of terms, definitions, and recommendations is provided for use in the classification of coordination polymers, networks, and metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). A hierarchical terminology is recommended in which the most general term is coordination polymer. Coordination networks are a subset of coordination polymers and MOFs a further subset of coordination networks. One of the criteria an MOF needs to fulfill is that it contains potential voids, but no physical measurements of porosity or other properties are demanded per se. The use of topology and topology descriptors to enhance the description of crystal structures of MOFs and 3D-coordination polymers is furthermore strongly recommended.

Keywords: coordination chemistry; coordination networks; coordination polymers; inorganic chemistry; IUPAC Inorganic Chemistry Division; materials chemistry; metal complexes; metal–organic frameworks (MOFs); nanostructured materials; polymers

Project Year: 2009, Project Code: 2009-012-2-200


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Published Online: 2013-07-29

Published in Print: 2013-07-31

Citation Information: Pure and Applied Chemistry, ISSN (Online) 1365-3075, ISSN (Print) 0033-4545, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1351/PAC-REC-12-11-20. Export Citation

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