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A rare Pb9 cluster-organic framework constructed from a flexible cyclotriphosphazene-functionalized hexacarboxylate exhibiting selective gas separation

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It is quite challenging to fabricate metal–organic frameworks with permanent porosity using flexible organic ligands owing to their conformation freedom and flexibility making the resultant frameworks very difficult to stabilize. Successful synthesis of such frameworks will enrich the domain of porous compounds for various applications. In this work, we designed a flexible cyclotriphosphazene-functionalized hexacarboxylate, and used it to successfully construct a porous metal–organic framework ZJNU-62 upon solvothermally reacting with Pb2+ ions. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses show that ZJNU-62 is composed of nonanuclear Pb9 clusters connected by organic linkers to form a (4,12)-connected three-dimensional infinite network of Al3La topology with one-dimensional rectangular channels running along the crystallographic c axis. Although the organic ligand is flexible, the resulting MOF compound ZJNU-62 can sustain the desolvation and exhibit permanent porosity, which has been confirmed by various gas adsorption isotherms. In particular, this compound can selectively adsorb C2 hydrocarbons and CO2 from methane under ambient conditions, indicating its promising potential for natural gas purification. The predicted IAST adsorption selectivities are 21.0, 10.9, 13.2 and 5.8 for the equimolar C2H2/CH4, C2H4/CH4, C2H6/CH4 and CO2/CH4 gas mixtures at 298 K and 100 kPa, respectively. This work represents a rare example of a Pb-based MOF constructed from a flexible organic ligand exhibiting selective gas adsorption properties.

Graphical abstract: A rare Pb9 cluster-organic framework constructed from a flexible cyclotriphosphazene-functionalized hexacarboxylate exhibiting selective gas separation

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The article was received on 24 May 2017, accepted on 19 Jul 2017 and first published on 20 Jul 2017


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00289K
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017,4, 1501-1508
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    A rare Pb9 cluster-organic framework constructed from a flexible cyclotriphosphazene-functionalized hexacarboxylate exhibiting selective gas separation

    D. Bai, F. Chen, D. Jiang and Y. He, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 1501
    DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00289K

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