Mark Allendorf


Nanoporous Coordination Polymers

Extended solids comprised of inorganic and organic components are attracting considerable attention because of their exceptional properties, chemical tailorability, and broad range of potential applications. Recently, a new class of nanoporous coordination polymers known as metal organic frameworks (MOFs) was created that have immense potential for understanding and exploiting molecular interactions in pores. MOFs are crystalline materials with tunable, monolithic pore sizes and cavity properties. Their properties exceed those of virtually all other porous materials, including the highest surface area for a crystalline material, tunable photoluminescence, and high capacity for molecular adsorption. These exciting properties are achieved by coupling inorganic clusters with tunable organic ligands that serve as struts, allowing facile manipulation of pore size and surface area through ligand selection.

Our MOF research addresses the following topics: