In order to aid the rational design of new materials, chemists are trying to uncover the rules that determine how molecules organise themselves in the solid state. Molecular synthesis is based on pattern recognition and reasoning by analogy. Chemical transformations that can reliably be used to construct complex synthetic targets originated by identifying recurrent relationships between substrates and products. The idea of a target-based approach for developing solid state synthetic strategies is a concept borrowed from the field of molecular synthesis. A well-chosen target helps to focus efforts on attaining these particular features. The structural characteristic that has been selected for this discussion is nanoporosity. From a technological point of view. Zeolites are immediately recognisable as important nanoporous crystals. Especially important are porous organic based zeolites the article discusses strategies in preparing nanoporous molecular-based solids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-560
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry and Industry (London)
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)


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