- Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Metal-Organic Scaffolds: Heavy-Metal Approaches to Synthetic Ion Channels and Pores” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9603-9607
Space - the final frontier: Recent progress with metal-organic scaffolds (see picture for an example) to create synthetic ion channels and pores is summarized in this Highlight. The great advantage of this approach is access to a stable and large confined space from small structural units. Current breakthroughs promise future progress toward the synthesis of tubular structures and their multiple functionalization.