A novel three dimensional Ag(I)-3,3'-thiodipropionate metal organic framework, [Ag-2(mu(8)-tdp)](n) (1) (tdpH(2) = 3,3'-thiodipropionic acid), was synthesized and structurally characterized by FT-IR and photoluminescence spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques and thermal analysis (TG, DTG and DTA). The compound crystallized in the monoclinic crystal system with the space group C2/c. The X-ray crystallographic study of 1 shows a short Ag center dot center dot center dot Ag contact with a distance of 3.022 angstrom. The most striking feature of 1 is that it exhibits a 3D porous framework with 1D infinite channels, and complex 1 exhibits strong fluorescent emission bands in the solid state at room temperature. Moreover, atomically detailed simulations were used to assess the potential of the complex for H-2 storage applications. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.