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Covalent Organic Frameworks-Organic Chemistry Beyond the Molecule.

  • Author(s): Diercks, Christian S;
  • Kalmutzki, Markus J;
  • Yaghi, Omar M
  • et al.

The synthesis of organic molecules has at its core, purity, definitiveness of structure, and the ability to access specific atoms through chemical reactions. When considering extended organic structures, covalent organic frameworks (COFs) stand out as a true extension of molecular organic chemistry to the solid state, because these three fundamental attributes of molecular organic chemistry are preserved. The fact that COFs are porous provides confined space within which molecules can be further modified and controlled.

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