A coordinative solubilizer method to fabricate soft porous materials from insoluble metal-organic polyhedra

Arnau Carné-Sánchez, Gavin A. Craig, Patrick Larpent, Vincent Guillerm, Kenji Urayama, Daniel Maspoch, Shuhei Furukawa

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Abstract

Porous molecular cages have a characteristic processability arising from their solubility, which allows their incorporation into porous materials. Attaining solubility often requires covalently bound functional groups that are unnecessary for porosity and which ultimately occupy free volume in the materials, decreasing their surface areas. Here, a method is described that takes advantage of the coordination bonds in metal?organic polyhedra (MOPs) to render insoluble MOPs soluble by reversibly attaching an alkyl-functionalized ligand. We then use the newly soluble MOPs as monomers for supramolecular polymerization reactions, obtaining permanently porous, amorphous polymers with the shape of colloids and gels, which display increased gas uptake in comparison with materials made with covalently functionalized MOPs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6347-6350
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume58
Issue number19
Early online date7 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2019

Keywords

  • coordination cages
  • metal–organic polyhedra
  • microporous materials
  • polymers
  • supramolecular chemistry

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