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Published on Dec 9, 2013
This short animation depicts the chain of TCNQ molecules that creates an electrically conducting path through the metal-organic framework (MOF) structure. The turquoise spheres represent carbon atoms, while white are hydrogen, blue are nitrogen, red are oxygen, and bronze are copper.
"When you imagine the 'tinker toys' we played with as children, you recall they are essentially wooden balls with holes that you can link together with sticks," scientist Mark Allendorf explained. "MOFs work the same way, only you substitute metal ions for the balls and organic molecules for the sticks."