Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 48, Issue 15, pp 1531–1534 | Cite as

[Zn(bim)2] · (H2O)1.67: A metal-organic open-framework with sodalite topology

  • Xiaochun Huang
  • Jiepeng Zhang
  • Xiaoming Chen
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The new coordination polymer formulated as [Zn(bim)2]·(H2O)1.67 (Hbim = benzimidazole, bim = benzimi-dazolate) has been synthesized and shown by single-crystal structural analysis to be a three-dimensional network with the 4264 sodalite topology, constructed by tetrahedral building blocks, [Zn(bim)4]2−. Each sodalite cage defined by the 24 zinc atoms at the apexes centers hosts 10 water molecules (ca. 18% occupancy).


zinc(II) benzimidazolate sodalite 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringSun Yat-Sen UiniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryShantou UniversityShantouChina

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