Reversed crystal growth of metal organic framework MIL-68(In)
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An investigation of the crystal growth of metal organic framework MIL-68(In) under solvothermal conditions revealed a non-classical reversed crystal growth mechanism via a route of nanorods – orientated aggregation into polycrystalline microrods – surface recrystallisation into a hexagonal shell – extension of recrystallisation from the surface to the core of the microrods. Terephthalic acid molecules which are adsorbed onto the surface of nanorods are believed to strengthen the inter-particle interaction, leading to an early stage aggregation of the monocrystalline nanorods.
McRoberts , K & Zhou , W 2021 , ' Reversed crystal growth of metal organic framework MIL-68(In) ' , CrystEngComm , vol. 23 , no. 43 , pp. 7658-7662 . https://doi.org/10.1039/d1ce01120k
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DescriptionK. McR. wishes to thank University of St Andrews for a scholarship.
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