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Type: Journal article
Title: On/off porosity switching and post-assembly modifications of Cu₄L₄ metal–organic polyhedra
Other Titles: On/off porosity switching and post-assembly modifications of Cu(4)L(4) metal-organic polyhedra
Author: Bloch, W.M.
Babarao, R.
Schneider, M.L.
Citation: Chemical Science, 2020; 11(14):3664-3671
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 2041-6520
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Witold M. Bloch, Ravichandar Babarao and Matthew L. Schneider
Abstract: Synthetic porous materials composed of metal–organic polyhedra (MOPs) have found application in topical areas such as gas storage, separation and catalysis. Control over their physical properties (e.g. porosity) has typically been achieved through ligand design or judicious choice of metal ions. Here, we demonstrate pore-size control and on/off porosity in Cu₄L₄ MOPs by exploiting their structural non-rigidity. We report an aldehyde-functionalised MOP (1) that can be isolated in five distinct solvatomorphs, each exhibiting different structural flexibility. When soaked in MeOH, two of these solvatomorphs undergo a rapid transformation to a thermodynamically favoured phase, whilst in acetone they template the crystallisation of an entirely new crystal packing. We support these findings by single and powder X-ray diffraction and rationalise the observed phase transformations by lattice energy calculations. Of the five solvatomorphs, three can be obtained as solvent-exchanged pseudo-polymorphs with distinct porosities in their activated form (SA(BET) = 35–455 m² g⁻¹). Further control over the crystal packing of MOPs is achieved through covalent post-assembly modifications, which promote the crystallisation of isoreticular 2-D sheet-like structures.
Rights: This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2020
DOI: 10.1039/d0sc00070a
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