Solvent hydrolysis and templating effects in the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks

Andrew Burrows, Kevin Cassar, Richard M. W. Friend, Mary F. Mahon, Sean P Rigby, John E. Warren

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Hydrolysis of the DMF or DEF solvent influences the nature of the product obsd. in the reaction between Zn(II) nitrate and 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid, with dialkylammonium cations able to template the formation of anionic networks. In fresh DEF [Zn4(micro 4-O)(micro -bdc)3].3DEF was prepd. whereas in DEF that had been in the lab. for several weeks, [NH2Et2]2[Zn3(micro -bdc)4].2.5DEF was prepd. When the reactions were carried out in DMF instead of DEF, similar observations were recorded. Use of a partially hydrolyzed sample of solvent, or addn. of [NH2Me2]Cl. led exclusively to [NH2Me2]2[Zn3(micro -bdc)4].DMF.H2O. The prepn. and characterization of compds. 1-3 demonstrate that solvent quality is crucially important in prepg. dicarboxylate-based coordination compds. [on SciFinder (R)]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-550
Number of pages3
Issue number89
Early online date12 Aug 2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005



  • zinc benzenedicarboxylate trinuclear tetranuclear complex prepn unhydrolyzed hydrolyzed solvent
  • Molecular structure (of zinc benzenedicarboxylate trinuclear complex ethylammonium salt)
  • Hydrolysis (of DMF or diethylformamide solvent in the reaction between zinc nitrate and benzenedicarboxylic acid)
  • crystal structure zinc benzenedicarboxylate trinuclear complex ethylammonium salt
  • Crystal structure

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