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Beilstein J Nanotechnol. 2012; 3: 570–578.
Published online 2012 August 2. doi:  10.3762/bjnano.3.66
PMCID: PMC3458603

The oriented and patterned growth of fluorescent metal–organic frameworks onto functionalized surfaces

Michael Huth, Guest Editor


A metal–organic framework (MOF) material, [Zn2(adc)2(dabco)] (adc = anthracene-9,10-dicarboxylate, dabco = 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]­octane), the fluorescence of which depends on the loading of its nanopores, was synthesized in two forms: as free-flowing nanocrystals with different shapes and as surface-attached MOFs (SURMOFs). For the latter, we used self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) bearing functional groups, such as carboxylate and pyridyl groups, capable of coordinating to the constituents of the MOF. It could be demonstrated that this directed coordination also orients the nanocrystals deposited at the surface. Using two different patterning methods, i.e., microcontact printing and electron-beam lithography, the lateral distribution of the functional groups could be determined in such a way that the highly localized deposition of the SURMOF films became possible.

Keywords: electron-beam lithography, irradiation-promoted exchange reaction, microcontact printing, radiation-induced nanostructure, self-assembled monolayer, surface-attached metal–organic framework


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