Novel microporous metalorganic framework material composed of Mn(II) and formate ions displays permanent porosity, high thermal stability, and size-selective gas sorption behavior. The framework is stable enough to maintain single crystallinity after the complete guest removal at 150 oC under a reduced pressure. Most importantly, it selectively adsorbs H2 and CO2 but not N2 and other gases with larger kinetic diameters, which appears to be due to the small aperture of the channels. Despite a moderate H2 storage capacity, which is however still higher than that of any zeolite, its H2 surface coverage is one of the highest among the known microporous materials. Thus this new zeolite-like material made of a simple organic building block may find useful applications in gas separation and sensor.
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