metal-organic framework, host-guest chemistry, nanomaterials, nanocomposites
Recently, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), or porous coordination polymers (PCPs), which are composed of metal ions and bridging organic ligands, have emerged as new class of porous materials. MOFs have been recognized as an excellent platform for host–guest chemistry; their wide applications include storage, separation, catalysis, biomedicine, sensing etc... One of the most striking features of MOFs lies in their tunable nanospaces (pore size, shape, hydrophilicity, acido-basicity, redox properties…), which can provide ideal scaffolds for guest species. Use of MOFs allows the preparation and encapsulation of many functional nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, catalysts, polymers, complexes, organic and bio-related compounds, in a controlled manner. A particular effort has been recently devoted to shape MOFs (core-shells, gels, foams, spheres, films…) in a view of practical applications. The design of new functional materials based on MOFs rests not only upon the availability of synthetic expertise but also on the many essential methods of analysis and imaging. Thus, the field straddles the boundaries of many disciplines of chemistry. This symposium will bring together chemists and physico-chemists from different disciplines to discuss the contemporary state and future perspectives in preparation of functional nanomaterials and systems based on MOFs, which will make enduring and valuable personal connections among active chemists.