The assembly of organic molecules and metal-cluster secondary building units (SBUs) to (porous) coordination polymeric materials, often called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is of continuous interest due to their interesting structures together with potential applications in gas sorption and storage, gas separation, sensing, catalysis, magnetism, luminescence, non-linear optics (NLO, frequency doubling) and low temperature heating and cooling through reversible water de- and adsorption.
Designing of metal-ligand network topologies has made a lot of progress in recent years and is still an exciting area of crystal engineering. In our work we synthesize and study metal-ligand networks with an interest in their three-dimensional structure and their properties, such as luminescence, magnetism, catalysis etc. Please see also our work on "Metal-organic frameworks for cycling heat transformation processes"
The image is the cover of the issue including a review article on "MOFs, MILs and more: Concepts, properties and applications for porous coordination networks (PCNs)"; C. Janiak, J. K. Vieth, New J. Chem. 2010, 34, 2366-2388.