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Mechanochromic Cu(I) boron imidazolate frameworks with low-dimensional structures and reducing function

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Abstract

Two low-dimensional Cu(I) boron imidazolate frameworks (BIFs), [CuBH(bim)3]n (BIF-40; bim = benzimidazolate) and [CuBH(im)3]n (BIF-6, im = imidazolate), have been synthesized and both of them display unique mechanochromism. In addition, BIF-40 showed reducing activity due to the rich B–H bonds in the structure, and it was employed to load AuPd bimetal nanoparticles through a one-step process for further catalysis. The corresponding mechanism involving a grinding process between chains or layers is discussed in detail. This work not only provides compelling evidence for designing and applying coordination polymers as mechanochromic materials, but also develops an eco-friendly strategy for loading bimetallic NPs into BIFs.

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The article was received on 21 Aug 2015, accepted on 01 Dec 2015 and first published on 02 Dec 2015


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5QI00155B
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2016,3, 263-267
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    Mechanochromic Cu(I) boron imidazolate frameworks with low-dimensional structures and reducing function

    D. Zhang, H. Zhang, T. Wen, D. Li and J. Zhang, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2016, 3, 263
    DOI: 10.1039/C5QI00155B

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