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Multifunctional Coordination Polymers and Complexes: Synthesis, Magnetic Properties, and Catalytic Applications

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Coordination compounds, specifically coordination complexes or polymers have been known and used since antiquity. They are a major feature in the chemistry of over half the elements of the periodic table, they have distinct roles as catalysts in activating substrates and accelerating reactions, are essential in biochemical processes, have use as magnetic materials and molecular sensors, to mention a few important applications. Metals are ubiquitous in nature and are capable of forming coordination complexes or polymers with neutral or anionic ligands in variable oxidation states. The variety of metals and ligands that can contribute in coordination chemistry offers an astonishingly diverse range of coordination compounds, coordination complexes and polymers, discrete metal-organic polyhedra, metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and dynamic supramolecular systems. With applications ranging from catalysis to gas sorption, magnetism to proton conduction, coordination complexes and polymer have gained the attention of a broad scientific community.

The development of functional metal coordination complexes and polymers is a fertile area in chemistry research. By contrast, investigation of the multi-functional behavior of a particular complex or polymer is relatively under-explored. The design of coordination polymers and complexes that combine more than one aspect or function, for example, catalysis with magnetism or luminescence, is one of the major challenges in the pursuit of multifunctional materials. In this Research Topic, we intend to cover emerging and encouraging strategies for the synthesis of new coordination polymers (CPs) and complexes, and their behaviors towards magnetism and catalysis. It will also include the structure-function relationships, the latest breakthroughs and theoretical studies in understanding these functional behaviors.

Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthetic methods for novel multifunctional coordination polymers and complexes
  • Magnetic properties of the coordination polymers and complexes
  • Detailed characterization and structural investigation of the coordination compounds
  • Catalytic behavior studies of multifunctional materials
  • Theoretical investigations to explain the functional behaviors and properties of coordination polymers


Keywords: Coordination Complexes, coordination polymers, magnetic properties, catalytic behavior, theoretical studies


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Coordination compounds, specifically coordination complexes or polymers have been known and used since antiquity. They are a major feature in the chemistry of over half the elements of the periodic table, they have distinct roles as catalysts in activating substrates and accelerating reactions, are essential in biochemical processes, have use as magnetic materials and molecular sensors, to mention a few important applications. Metals are ubiquitous in nature and are capable of forming coordination complexes or polymers with neutral or anionic ligands in variable oxidation states. The variety of metals and ligands that can contribute in coordination chemistry offers an astonishingly diverse range of coordination compounds, coordination complexes and polymers, discrete metal-organic polyhedra, metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and dynamic supramolecular systems. With applications ranging from catalysis to gas sorption, magnetism to proton conduction, coordination complexes and polymer have gained the attention of a broad scientific community.

The development of functional metal coordination complexes and polymers is a fertile area in chemistry research. By contrast, investigation of the multi-functional behavior of a particular complex or polymer is relatively under-explored. The design of coordination polymers and complexes that combine more than one aspect or function, for example, catalysis with magnetism or luminescence, is one of the major challenges in the pursuit of multifunctional materials. In this Research Topic, we intend to cover emerging and encouraging strategies for the synthesis of new coordination polymers (CPs) and complexes, and their behaviors towards magnetism and catalysis. It will also include the structure-function relationships, the latest breakthroughs and theoretical studies in understanding these functional behaviors.

Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthetic methods for novel multifunctional coordination polymers and complexes
  • Magnetic properties of the coordination polymers and complexes
  • Detailed characterization and structural investigation of the coordination compounds
  • Catalytic behavior studies of multifunctional materials
  • Theoretical investigations to explain the functional behaviors and properties of coordination polymers


Keywords: Coordination Complexes, coordination polymers, magnetic properties, catalytic behavior, theoretical studies


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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21 December 2020 Abstract
26 April 2021 Manuscript

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21 December 2020 Abstract
26 April 2021 Manuscript

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