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Targeted synthesis of an electroactive organic framework

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A new strategy for targeted design and synthesis of an electroactive microporous organic molecular sieve (JUC-Z2) is described. Experiment demonstrated that such a targeted synthesis approach to achieve phenylphenyl coupling was a controllable process and predominately generated two-dimensional polymer sheets, significantly different from the traditional chemical or electrochemical oxidation methods to prepare conducting polymers. Successive self-assembly leads to a lamellar organic framework comprised of stacked polymer sheets with an hcb topology. JUC-Z2 was found to have a well-defined uniform micropore distribution (∼1.2 nm), a large surface area (BET = 2081 m2 g−1) and high physicochemical stability (>440 °C). After doping with I2, JUC-Z2 exhibits typical p-type semiconductive properties. As the first example of an electroactive organic framework, JUC-Z2 possesses a unique ability of electrochemical ion recognition, arising from the synergistic function of the uniform micropores and the N-atom redox site.

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The article was received on 04 Jun 2011, accepted on 11 Aug 2011 and first published on 05 Oct 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1JM12545A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 18208-18214
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    Targeted synthesis of an electroactive organic framework

    T. Ben, K. Shi, Y. Cui, C. Pei, Y. Zuo, H. Guo, D. Zhang, J. Xu, F. Deng, Z. Tian and S. Qiu, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 18208
    DOI: 10.1039/C1JM12545A

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