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Design and its limitations in the construction of bi- and poly-nuclear coordination complexes and coordination polymers (aka MOFs): a personal view

R Robson



This article, presented from a personal point of view, is concerned with the design of ligands intended to give specifically either binuclear or tetranuclear metal complexes or coordination polymers. No attempt is made to provide a comprehensive coverage of these topics, the focus being mainly upon results from our laboratory. Some emphasis is placed upon aspects of the historical development of the deliberate construction of coordination polymers (aka MOFs)--materials promising useful applications, the study of which continues to expand exponentially. Some of our recent research is described in which the carbonate ion and the tetracyanoquinodimethane dianion are used as bridging ligands to ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author is grateful to the Australian Research Council, the Selby Scientific Foundation and the Petroleum Research Fund for support and to the research students, colleagues and collaborators whose names appear in the references. Special thanks are due to my long-time crystallographer colleagues, (the late) Dr Bernard Hoskins and Dr Brendan Abrahams and to Dr Tim Hudson for invaluable assistance with the Figures.