Ultra-thin metal-organic framework nanoribbons

Bingqing Wang, Meiting Zhao, Liuxiao Li, Ying Huang, Xiao Zhang, Chong Guo, Zhicheng Zhang, Hongfei Cheng, Wenxian Liu, Jing Shang, Jing Jin, Xiaoming Sun, Junfeng Liu, Hua Zhang

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Structure engineering of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) at the nanometer scale is attracting increasing interest due to their unique properties and new functions that normally cannot be achieved in bulk MOF crystals. Here, we report the preparation of ultra-thin MOF nanoribbons (NRBs) by using metal-hydroxide nanostructures as the precursors. Importantly, this general method can be used to synthesize various kinds of ultra-thin MOF NRBs, such as MBDC (M = Co, Ni; BDC = 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate), NiCoBDC, CoTCPP (TCPP = tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin) and MIL-53(Al) NRBs. As a proof-of-concept application, the as-prepared ultra-thin CoBDC NRBs have been successfully used as a fluorescent sensing platform for DNA detection, which exhibited excellent sensitivity and selectivity. The present strategy might open an avenue to prepare MOF nanomaterials with new structures and unique properties for various promising applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalNational Science Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • DNA detection
  • metal-hydroxide nanostructures
  • metal-organic frameworks
  • nanoribbons
  • structure engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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