Binary metal phosphides MPx often exhibit interesting optical, electronic and/ or magnetic properties. We have developed an approach to this class of compounds starting with volatile phosphorus-rich metal complexes as molecular precursors.
Catalytic reactions at the metal centres in MOFs can result in destruction of the three-dimensional framework (catalysis = labile complexes with free coordination sites). Therefore, we use functionalised (chiral) bridging ligands able to build defined three-dimensional frameworks
and in addition coordinate metal complex fragments. Furthermore, the (electronic) influence of the framework's metal ions on the second metal centre is of interest.