Metal-Organic Polyhedra as Building Blocks for Porous Extended Networks

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Metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs) are a subclass of coordination cages that can adsorb and host species in solution and are permanently porous in solid-state. These characteristics, together with the recent development of their orthogonal surface chemistry and the assembly of more stable cages, have awakened the latent potential of MOPs to be used as building blocks for the synthesis of extended porous networks. This review article focuses on exploring the key developments that make the extension of MOPs possible, highlighting the most remarkable examples of MOP-based soft materials and crystalline extended frameworks. Finally, the article ventures to offer future perspectives on the exploitation of MOPs in fields that still remain ripe toward the use of such unorthodox molecular porous platforms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Gels
  • Membranes
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Metal-organic polyhedra
  • Porous networks
  • Reticular chemistry


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