Two mono-chelate borate complexes, lithium mono-salicylatoborate and sodium mono-glucuronatoborate, are reported for the first time. The complexes were isolated from aqueous solutions and characterized by FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) and C-13 MAS (Magic Angle Spinning) NMR techniques. Thermal stabilities of the complexes were examined by recording their TGA (Thermogravimetric Analysis) curves. Lithium mono-salicylatoborate, Li[B(Sal)(OH)(2)], was isolated in crystal form and presented as a novel hybrid metal-organic framework possessing zeolitic structure. X-ray analysis revealed an original crystal structure constructed with solvate-free lithium ions adopting two different types of coordination polyhedra, corner-sharing LiO4 (tetrahedral) and LiO5 (distorted square pyramidal), in the same framework. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.