Unprecedented selectivity in molecular recognition of carbohydrates by a metal-organic framework

Mizuho Yabushita, Peng Li, Varinia Bernales, Hirokazu Kobayashi, Atsushi Fukuoka, Laura Gagliardi, Omar K. Farha, Alexander Katz

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Metal-organic framework (MOF) material NU-1000 adsorbs dimers cellobiose and lactose from aqueous solution, in amounts exceeding 1250 mg gNU-1000-1 while completely excluding the adsorption of the monomer glucose, even in a competitive mode with cellobiose. The MOF also discriminates between dimers consisting of α and β linkages, showing no adsorption of maltose. Electronic structure calculations demonstrate that key to this selective molecular recognition is the number of favorable CH-π interactions made by the sugar with pyrene units of the MOF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7094-7097
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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