Single-walled metal-organic nanotube built from a simple synthon

Nayarassery N. Adarsh, Marinela M. Dîrtu, Anil D. Naik, Alexandre F. Léonard, Nicolo Campagnol, Koen Robeyns, Johan Snauwaert, Jan Fransaer, Bao Lian Su, Yann Garcia

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A conformationally flexible triazole-carboxylic acid ligand derived from an l-amino acid, namely, 4 H-1,2,4-triazol-4-yl-acetic acid (αHGlytrz), has been exploited to synthesize a structurally diverse and functionally intriguing metal-organic framework with CuSiF6. The crystal structure reveals a novel single-walled metal-organic nanotube (SWMONT), namely, {[Cu33-OH)(H2O)3(Glytrz)3]·SiF6·8H2O·X} (1), (where X=disordered lattice water molecules) having a pore size as large as zeolites. Compound 1 was synthesized as crystals, as powder, or as layers by precipitation/electrodeposition. Mercury intrusion porosimetry demonstrates the ability of this material to store metallic mercury, after a pressure treatment, contrary to previous literature examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4300-4307
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry: A European Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Crystal engineering
  • Electrodeposition
  • Mercury intrusion
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Supramolecular chemistry


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