Flexibility in metal–organic frameworks: A basic understanding

Noor Aljammal, Christia Jabbour, Somboon Chaemchuen, Tatjána Juzsakova, Francis Verpoort

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Much has been written about the fundamental aspects of the metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). Still, details concerning the MOFs with structural flexibility are not comprehensively understood. However, a dramatic increase in research activities concerning rigid MOFs over the years has brought deeper levels of understanding for their properties and applications. Nonetheless, robustness and flexibility of such smart frameworks are intriguing for different research areas such as catalysis, adsorption, etc. This manuscript overviews the different aspects of framework flexibility. The review has touched lightly on several ideas and proposals, which have been demonstrated within the selected examples to provide a logical basis to obtain a fundamental understanding of their synthesis and behavior to external stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Article number512
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • Characterization
  • Flexibility
  • Mechanical properties
  • Metal–organic frameworks
  • Secondary building unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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