Surface chemistry of metal-organic polyhedra

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Metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs) are discrete, intrinsically-porous architectures that operate at the molecular regime and, owing to peripheral reactive sites, exhibit rich surface chemistry. Researchers have recently exploited this reactivity through post-synthetic modification (PSM) to generate specialised molecular platforms that may overcome certain limitations of extended porous materials. Indeed, the combination of modular solubility, orthogonal reactive sites, and accessible cavities yields a highly versatile molecular platform for solution to solid-state applications. In this feature article, we discuss representative examples of the PSM chemistry of MOPs, from proof-of-concept studies to practical applications, and highlight future directions for the MOP field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2443-2454
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Concept studies
  • Metal-organic polyhedron
  • Modulars
  • Molecular platform
  • Porous architectures
  • Postsynthetic modification
  • Proof of concept
  • Reactive site
  • Solution to solids


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