Our new paper appeared in Chemical Science!! This research led by our PhD student Zaoming Wang demonstrated the post-synthetic linker reorganization in linked metal-organic polyhedra gels by simple solvent exchange method, so-called aging process. By repeated aging processes, the networks in gel become more crosslinkded, both at the molecular level (linkage between MOPs) and at the mesoscale level (linkage between MOP colloids), leading to the more tough gel at the macroscale level.

In order to rationalize our finding, we collaborated with our excellent experts, Prof. Yamil Colon and Christian Villa Santos for simulation of structure and porosity, Dr. Cara M. Doherty for PALS, Dr. Glen J. Smales and Dr.. Brian R. Pauw for SAXS, Yosuke Hara and Kazuyoshi Kanamori for density experiments, and our long-term collaborator for Rheology, Prof. Kenji Urayama and Takuma Aoyama. Last but not least, our group (former) members, Dr. Alex Legrand and Dr. Frederik Haase supported this project from many aspects. This paper could not have been published without these wonderful collaborators. Congratulations, all!!

“Multiscale Structural Control of Linked Metal-Organic Polyhedra Gel by Aging-Induced Linkage-Reorganization”
Zaoming Wang, Christian Villa Santos, Alexandre Legrand, Frederik Haase, Yosuke Hara, Kazuyoshi Kanamori, Takuma Aoyama, Kenji Urayama, Cara M. Doherty, Glen-Jacob Smales, Brian R. Pauw, Yamil J. Colon, Shuhei Furukawa
Chem. Sci202112, 12556-12563. DOI: 10.1039/D1SC02883A