A Mixed-Ligand Approach for a Gigantic and Hollow Heterometallic Cage {Ni64RE96} for Gas Separation and Magnetic Cooling Applications

Wei Peng Chen, Pei Qin Liao, Youzhu Yu, Zhiping Zheng, Xiao Ming Chen, Yan Zhen Zheng

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Nanosized aggregations of metal ions shielded by organic ligands possessing both exquisite structural aesthetics and intriguing properties are fundamentally interesting. Three isostructural gigantic transition-metal–rare-earth heterometallic coordination cages are reported, abbreviated as {Ni64RE96} (RE=Gd, Dy, and Y) and obtained by a mixed-ligand approach, each possessing a cuboidal framework made of 160 metal ions and a nanosized spherical cavity in the center. Along with the structural novelty, these hollow cages show highly selective adsorptions for CO2over CH4or N2at ambient temperatures. Moreover, the gadolinium analogue exhibits large magnetocaloric effect at ultralow temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9375-9379
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • cluster complexes
  • coordination cages
  • gas separation
  • magnetic cooling
  • rare-earth elements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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