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Two solvent-dependent zinc(II) supramolecular isomers: structure analysis, reversible and nonreversible crystal-to-crystal transformation, highly selective CO2 gas adsorption, and photoluminescence behaviors

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Two new zinc(II) microporous metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), [Zn(dcpy)(bpe)0.5]·3H2O (1) and [Zn(dcpy)(bpe)0.5]·(CH3OH)0.5·(H2O)0.5 (2) constructed from the same initial materials 3-(2',5'-dicarboxylphenyl)pyridine (H2dcpy), 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene (bpe) and Zn(NO3)2·6H2O, exhibiting varying architectures from a 2-fold parallel interpenetrated structure to a 4-fold parallel interpenetrated framework were synthesized by changing the reaction solvents. Complexes 1 and 2 are supramolecular isomeric and both show 2-nodal (3,4)-connected networks, which represent rare dmc and coe topology styles, respectively. Interestingly, 1 presents reversible crystal structural transformation upon dehydration and rehydration, whereas 2 transforms into a new crystal phase 2a after desolvated. When dipping 2a into a DMF/CH3OH/H2O mixed solvent, another new crystal phase 2b can be formed, moreover, 2a and 2b could convert to each other through desolvation and solvation. In particular, the dehydrated 1a shows a high selective gas sorption for H2 over N2 at 77 K and high selectivity for CO2 over N2 at 293 K. The photoluminescence behaviors of 1 and 2 are also discussed.

Graphical abstract: Two solvent-dependent zinc(ii) supramolecular isomers: structure analysis, reversible and nonreversible crystal-to-crystal transformation, highly selective CO2 gas adsorption, and photoluminescence behaviors

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The article was received on 24 May 2012, accepted on 03 Jul 2012 and first published on 04 Jul 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE26058A
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2012,14, 6246-6251
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    Two solvent-dependent zinc(II) supramolecular isomers: structure analysis, reversible and nonreversible crystal-to-crystal transformation, highly selective CO2 gas adsorption, and photoluminescence behaviors

    B. Liu, L. Pang, L. Hou, Y. Wang, Y. Zhang and Q. Shi, CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 6246
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CE26058A

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