The University of Tennessee
Computational Materials Research Group

Metal Organic Nanotubes

This page shows visualizations for Metal Organic Nanotubes (MONTs). These structures were created by Mr. Nick McNutt (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) and Prof. David Keffer (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) in collaboration with Prof. David Jenkins (Department of Chemistry) and Dr. Chris Murdock at the University of Tennessee. The JavaScript code JSMol is used to view and interact with these structures. Therefore, a modern browser capable of running JavaScript is required. In 2014, Eleanor Leffler updated these pages from Chime to JSMol.

These metal organic nanotubes have internal flexibility. In these particular examples, there is a phenyl rotor that shifts between "open" and "closed" positions, serving as a molecular-sized valve, in response to the presence of particular solvents.

  • Solvent Sensitive MONTs

  • Solvents
  • DMA, N,N-Dimethylacetamide (C4H9NO)
  • DMF, N,N-dimethylformamide (C3H7NO)
  • NMP, 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (C5H9NO)
  • water, (H2O)


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