Using hinged ligands to target structurally flexible copper(II) MOFs

Witold M. Bloch, Christian J. Doonan, Christopher J. Sumby

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Here we report two new flexible MOFs based on a bis-pyrazolylmethane 'hinged' link design that favours the formation of two distinct structural nodes within the resulting 2-D and 3-D structures. The less sterically demanding ligand H2bcppm affords a 2-D layered MOF, {Cu2[Cu II(NO3)2(bcppm)2](DMF) 2}·2DMF (1), constructed from copper(ii) paddlewheel and mononuclear octahedral copper(ii) nodes. The use of a more sterically encumbered tetramethyl analogue H2bcpdmpm induces a dramatic twisting of the ligand backbone that yields a 3-D MOF{Cu4[CuI(bcpdmpm) 2]2(EtOH)2(H2O)2}(NO 3)2·12DMF (2) formed from a very similar mix of nodes, specifically copper(ii) paddlewheel clusters and mononuclear tetrahedrally coordinated copper(i) centres. Herein we describe the crystal structures, solid-state flexibility, and gas adsorption properties of both materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9663-9671
Number of pages9
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


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