We published the research on MOFs!!
Recently we are more focusing on the molecular based porous materials, metal-organic cages (MOCs) but our postdoc Dr. Frederik Haase revived the MOF research in the Furukawa group. His idea was to combine two incompatible building blocks of 5-c nodes of star-shaped ligands with 4-c nodes of paddlewheel complexes. Nature inherently tries to avoid alternating these motifs in periodic three-dimensional lattice, so-called geometric frustration!, which leads to several frustrated phases. One of the highlights of this paper is the analysis of the consequence of the frustration. Well done, Frederik!!
We also suggested the cover art for this article but unfortunately it was not selected. The cover art is illustrated by our collaborator, Hayanon, a science manga artist!!
“Pseudo-5-Fold Symmetrical Ligand Drives Geometric Frustration in Porous Metal-Organic and Hydrogen Bonded Frameworks”
Frederik Haase, Gavin Craig, Mickaele Bonneau, Kunihisa Sugimoto, Shuhei Furukawa
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 13839-13845. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c04450.
(Chemrxiv Preprint https://doi.org/10.26434/chemrxiv.12098142.v1).
Knitting frustrated stars (2020, Hayanon)