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Rigid triangular struts self-assemble in combination with macrocycle rings in solution to create a supramolecular organic framework (SOF). Each strut contains functional units that resist stacking to maintain the 2D framework in a single layer.


Yi Liu at the Molecular Foundry. (Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt)


SOFs feature a porous framework with honeycomb periodicity similar to a MOF.

Read: Researchers Create First Soluble 2D Supramolecular Organic Frameworks

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