Our latest research challenges conventional views on defects in crystalline frameworks. By transforming defects into controlled, correlated domains, we open new possibilities for designing superior porous materials for catalysis, separation, and storage. Using UiO-66, we explored synthetic protocols crucial for defect engineering. Our study, validated by Cs-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, unveils the impact of defect concentration on material properties. Surpassing a certain threshold, contrary to common belief, can have detrimental effects. This breakthrough offers key insights for future material design strategies.
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