The group has worked extensively on the synthesis and structure of metal-organic framework gels. Particular, our interest lies in the formation of MOF nanoparticles of ca. 10nm in diameter, which then agglomerate upon drying to form xerogels, or aerogels. These peculiar structures to all intensive purposes may look like glasses, though are in actual fact still crystalline (though the broad Bragg peaks may resemble the diffuse scattering from a glass).
The general area is summarized in a review (1), though our work includes the generalization of the gel state to form hierarachically porous zirconium MOFs (2), and also those of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (3, 4).
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