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Processes, Volume 7, Issue 8 (August 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Synthesis of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) involves a complex arrangement of organic linkers with [...] Read more. Synthesis of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) involves a complex arrangement of organic linkers with metal ions making it a difficult process to control. A comprehensive model is presented here to elucidate the mechanism of MOF synthesis and predict the size distribution. The model accounts for the kinetics of oligomerization to produce secondary building units, followed by reactive aggregation to yield MOFs. The model can be applied to synthesis of a wide range of MOFs for various applications such as catalysis, gas separation, and drug delivery. The model effectively captures longer length- and time-scales involved in MOF synthesis providing deeper understanding into the underlying processes. View this paper.