Terminology of Metal-Organic Frameworks and Coordination Polymers (IUPAC recommendations 2013)
Journal article, 2013

A set of terms, definitions, and recommendations is provided for use in the classi- fication of coordination polymers, networks, and metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). A hier- archical terminology is recommended in which the most general term is coordination poly- mer. Coordination networks are a subset of coordination polymers and MOFs a further subset of coordination networks. One of the criteria an MOF needs to fulfill is that it contains poten- tial voids, but no physical measurements of porosity or other properties are demanded per se. The use of topology and topology descriptors to enhance the description of crystal structures of MOFs and 3D-coordination polymers is furthermore strongly recommended.

coordination polymers

nanostructured materials

coordination networks

materials chemistry

metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)

inorganic chemistry

IUPAC Inorganic Chemistry Division

coordination chemistry


metal complexes


S. R. Batten

Monash University

N. R. Champness

University of Nottingham

X. M. Chen

Sun Yat-Sen University

J. Garcia-Martinez

University of Alicante (UA)

S. Kitagawa

Kyoto University

Lars Öhrström

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Physical Chemistry

M. O'Keeffe

Arizona State University

M. P. Suh

Seoul National University

J. Reedijk

Leiden Institute of Chemistry

Pure and Applied Chemistry

0033-4545 (ISSN) 13653075 (eISSN)

Vol. 85 8 1715-1724

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