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Porous organic molecular materials

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Abstract

Most nanoporous materials with molecular-scale pores are composed of directional covalent or coordination bonds, such as porous metal–organic frameworks and organic network polymers. By contrast, nanoporous materials comprised of discrete organic molecules, between which there are only weak non-covalent interactions, are seldom encountered. Indeed, the majority of organic molecules pack efficiently in the solid state to minimize the void volume, leading to nonporous materials. In recent years, a large number of nanoporous organic molecular materials (crystalline or amorphous) were discovered and their porosity was confirmed by gas adsorption. All of these materials were compiled in this highlight. In addition, advantages of porous organic molecular materials over porous networks are discussed.

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The article was received on 31 Oct 2011, accepted on 10 Dec 2011 and first published on 04 Jan 2012


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE06457J
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2012,14, 1909-1919
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    Porous organic molecular materials

    J. Tian, P. K. Thallapally and B. P. McGrail, CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 1909
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CE06457J

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