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Volume 86, Issue 9


Extended metal-carbohydrate frameworks

Zhichang Liu / J. Fraser Stoddart
Published Online: 2014-07-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2014-0303


Cyclodextrins (CDs) – a family of cyclic oligosaccharides – are ideal building blocks for the construction of environmentally benign materials. Herein, we reflect upon the serendipitous discovery of two classes of extended crystalline materials – referred to as cyclodextrin metal-organic frameworks (CD-MOFs) and CD-Bamboo – based on CDs which offer opportunities for potential applications in the world of industry and commerce all the way from sequestering carbon dioxide to extracting gold in an eco-friendly manner. The crucial role of serendipity in scientific research expresses itself two times over at the boundaries between coordination chemistry with materials science.

Keywords: crystallization; cyclodextrins; gold extraction; ICS-27; ion recognition; nanoporous coordination polymers; self-assembly.

Article note

collection of invited papers based on presentations at the 27th International Carbohydrate Symposium (ICS-27), Bangalore, India, 12–17 January 2014.


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Corresponding author: J. Fraser Stoddart, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208, USA, e-mail:

Published Online: 2014-07-17

Published in Print: 2014-09-19

Citation Information: Pure and Applied Chemistry, Volume 86, Issue 9, Pages 1323–1334, ISSN (Online) 1365-3075, ISSN (Print) 0033-4545, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2014-0303.

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