The Organic Secondary Building Unit: Strong Intermolecular π-Interactions Define Topology in MIT-25, a Mesoporous MOF with Proton-Replete Channels

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  • External authors:
  • Sarah Park
  • Christopher H Hendon
  • Aron Walsh
  • Michael O’Keeffe
  • Mircea Dincă


The structure-directing role of the inorganic secondary building unit (SBU) is key for determining the topology of metal-organic frame-works (MOFs). Here, we show that organic building units relying on strong π interactions that are energetically competitive with the formation of common inorganic SBUs, and can play a role in defining topology. We demonstrate the importance of the organic SBU in the formation of Mg2H6(H3O)(TTFTB)3, a mesoporous MOF with the new ssp topology. A delocalized electronic hole is critical in the stabilization of the TTF triad organic SBUs and exemplifies a design principle for future MOF synthesis.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Early online date27 Feb 2017
StatePublished - 2017