Reversed crystal growth of metal organic framework MIL-68(In)

Kirsty McRoberts, Wuzong Zhou

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An investigation of the crystal growth of metal organic framework MIL-68(In) under solvothermal conditions revealed a non-classical reversed crystal growth mechanism via a route of nanorods – orientated aggregation into polycrystalline microrods – surface recrystallisation into a hexagonal shell – extension of recrystallisation from the surface to the core of the microrods. Terephthalic acid molecules which are adsorbed onto the surface of nanorods are believed to strengthen the inter-particle interaction, leading to an early stage aggregation of the monocrystalline nanorods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7658-7662
Number of pages5
Issue number43
Early online date13 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2021


  • Formation mechanism
  • Morphology
  • Zeolite


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