A fivefold UO22+ node is a path to dodecagonal quasicrystal approximants in coordination polymers

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2020
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American Association for the Advancement of Science
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Aperiodic formations continue to focus interest in areas ranging from advanced scientific theories to practical everyday applications. Starting from diverse and tightly bonded intermetallic compounds, this world showed an important breakthrough toward the so-called soft systems of meso/macroscale: liquid crystals, thin films, polymers, proteins, etc. This work opens a route for making bulk quasicrystals (QC) in an unprecedented but very common area, with molecular ligands. Since these systems are, to a large extent, transparent, they extend the possible areas of QC application to previously unreachable corners, e.g., photonics. We combined efficient bridging ligands with uranyl pentagonal bonding centers and, unexpectedly, brought the unique attributes of f-element coordination chemistry to an interdisciplinary area of aperiodic formations. Taking advantage of the planar coordination of uranyl ions, we were able to direct the structure expansion solely in two directions with a characteristic snub square tiling, a predicted but previously unobtainable dodecagonal approximant.

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ORDER, PHASE, STATE, Multidisciplinary Sciences
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Smetana, V., Kelley, S. P., Mudring, A.-V., & Rogers, R. D. (2020). A fivefold UO22+ node is a path to dodecagonal quasicrystal approximants in coordination polymers. In Science Advances (Vol. 6, Issue 5). American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aay7685