MIL-101 is one a growing number of materials known as coordination polymers (or Metal-Organic Frameworks). Coordination polymers consist of metal coordination nodes and connected organic linkers to produce an infinite multi-dimensional polymer network. The production of these framework materials leads to highly crystalline materials with large spaces within the framework. These large vacant spaces have resulted in a high level of interest in these materials for a variety of applications (e.g gas storage, catalysis and drug delivery). Despite the field of coordination polymers only being of interest within the past 30 years, currently polymer materials, like MIL-101, make up 8 % of the entire Cambridge Structure Database.
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