Divergent Chemistry Paths for 3D and 1D Metallo-Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs)

Hai Sen Xu, Yi Luo, Pei Zhen See, Xing Li, Zhongxin Chen, Yi Zhou, Xiaoxu Zhao, Kai Leng, In Hyeok Park, Runlai Li, Cuibo Liu, Fangzheng Chen, Shibo Xi, Junliang Sun, Kian Ping Loh

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The marriage of dynamic covalent chemistry (DCC) and coordination chemistry is a powerful tool for assembling complex architectures from simple building units. Recently, the synthesis of woven covalent organic frameworks (COFs) with topologically fascinating structures has been achieved using this approach. However, the scope is highly limited and there is a need to discover new pathways that can assemble covalently linked organic threads into crystalline frameworks. Herein, we have identified branching pathways leading to the assembly of three-dimensional (3D) woven COFs or one-dimensional (1D) metallo-COFs (mCOFs), where the mechanism is underpinned by the absence or presence of ligand exchange.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11527-11532
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • covalent organic frameworks (COFs)
  • dynamic covalent chemistry (DCC)
  • metal templates
  • self-assembly
  • structure elucidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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