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Luminescent Hybrid Materials

Many rare earth coordination polymers and MOFs show luminescence as intrinsic property derived from f-f- or f-d-transitions of rare earth ions

Multifunctional Materials

Coordination polymers and MOFs can show multifunctionality by combination of different relevant properties. This leads to possible applications for sensing, energy conversion, dielectric properties etc.


Reaction of metals and metal salts with organic nitrogen containing ligands leads to formation of porous three dimensional coordination compounds. These substances are called Ln-N-Mofs if they contain rare eath metal ions.

Coordination Polymers

Besides 3D MOFs, including Ln-N-MOFs, formation of 1D polymeric and 2D layer structures can be observed, if suitable linkers are applied.

Thin Films of MOFs and Coordination Polymers

Functional thin films of MOFs and coordination polymers are obtained from novel in-situ coating strategies for film creation via an organic melt approach. Other coating strategies enlarge the field including distinct conditions allowing thin film formation with PVD methods. This includes nanostructured surfaces.

Thermally Enduring Hybrid Materials

Compared to carboxylate-MOFs, many Ln-N-MOFs exhibit exceptionally high thermal stabilities up to 665 °C.

Solvent Free and Extreme Synthesis Strategies

Our synthesis strategy involves reaction of a metal or metal salt in a melt of an organic ligand. Electride induced reactions from liquid ammonia are also employed.