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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Metal-biomolecule frameworks

This cover image illustrates how biomolecules taken from nature can help with the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks.

Biomolecules are the building blocks of life. Nature has evolved countless biomolecules that show promise for bridging metal ions. These molecules have emerged as an excellent source of biocompatible building blocks that can be used to design Metal–Biomolecule Frameworks (MBioFs).This feature article highlights the advances in the synthesis of this class of MOFs. Special emphasis is provided on the crystal structures of these materials, their miniaturization to the submicron length scale, and their new potential for storage, catalytic, and biomedical applications.The feature article titled "Metal-biomolecule frameworks (MBioFs)" was authored by Dr. Daniel Maspoch, leader of the Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group at the ICN, along with Inhar Imaz, Marta Rubio-Martinez, Jihyun An, Isabel Solé-Font and Nathaniel L. Rosi. It has been highlighted on the cover of the 47 issue of Chemical Communications

To see full article "Metal–biomolecule frameworks (MBioFs)", Chemmical Communications 47, 7287-7302