Lanthanide Metal-Organic Frameworks: Syntheses, Properties, and Potential Applications

  • Stephen Fordham
  • Xuan Wang
  • Mathieu Bosch
  • Hong-Cai ZhouEmail author
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 163)


Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as a novel category of porous materials. Currently, rational design of MOFs provides a convenient method to design MOFs with desired properties. After a short introduction of traditional metal MOFs, this chapter discusses the development, properties, and applications of Lanthanide MOFs (Ln-MOFs). Ln-MOFs have garnered much interest due to a wide array of features from the marriage of lanthanide ions with traditional MOFs. An introduction to the Ln-MOF field is presented with several well-known structures to demonstrate various synthetic strategies. Furthermore, interesting structural and chemical properties including porosity, chirality, magnetism, and luminescence are highlighted from recent studies, as well as, a brief overview of potential applications including gas storage, catalysis, and chemical sensing.


Catalysis Chemical sensing Porous coordination networks Coordination polymers Gas storage Lanthanide MOFs (Ln-MOFs) Luminescence Magnetism Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) Porosity 













Covalent organic framework








Dimethyl sulfoxide






4,4′-(Hexafluoroisopropylidene)bis(benzoic acid)


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology




Isonicotinic acid


Isophthalic acid


Ligand-to-metal charge transfer


Lanthanide MOF


Lanthanide-transition metal MOF




Mellitic acid


Materials of Institut Lavoisier


Metal-ligand charge transfer


Metal-organic framework


Nanjing University






Porous coordination network




Rare earth polymeric frames


Secondary building unit








Transition metal


Turnover frequency




Unsaturated metal centers


University of Oslo


University of Texas-San Antonio



The authors would like to acknowledge Texas A&M University, and our financial sponsors the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the United States Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Welch Foundation. We would also like to acknowledge Zachary Perry, Weigang Lu, Muwei Zhang, and Lizzie West for assistance in the preparation of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Fordham
    • 1
  • Xuan Wang
    • 1
  • Mathieu Bosch
    • 1
  • Hong-Cai Zhou
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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