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Science. 2005 Sep 23;309(5743):2040-2.

A chromium terephthalate-based solid with unusually large pore volumes and surface area.

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  • 1Institut Lavoisier, CNRS Unité Mixte de Recherche 8637, Université de Versailles St-Quentin en Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles Cedex, France.

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  • Science. 2005 Nov 18;310(5751):1119.


We combined targeted chemistry and computational design to create a crystal structure for porous chromium terephthalate, MIL-101, with very large pore sizes and surface area. Its zeotype cubic structure has a giant cell volume (approximately 702,000 cubic angstroms), a hierarchy of extra-large pore sizes (approximately 30 to 34 angstroms), and a Langmuir surface area for N2 of approximately 5900 +/- 300 square meters per gram. Beside the usual properties of porous compounds, this solid has potential as a nanomold for monodisperse nanomaterials, as illustrated here by the incorporation of Keggin polyanions within the cages.

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