A Heteromeric Carboxylic Acid Based Single-Crystalline Crosslinked Organic Framework
The development of large pore single-crystalline covalently linked organic frameworks is critical in revealing the detailed structure-property relationship with substrates. One emergent approach is to photo-crosslink hydrogen-bonded molecular crystals. Introducing complementary hydrogen-bonded carboxylic acid building blocks is promising to construct large pore networks, but these molecules often form interpenetrated networks or non-porous solids. Herein, we introduced heteromeric carboxylic acid dimers to construct a non-interpenetrated molecular crystal. Crosslinking this crystal precursor with dithiols afforded a large pore single-crystalline hydrogen-bonded crosslinked organic framework HCOF-101. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed HCOF-101 as an interlayer connected hexagonal network, which possesses flexible linkages and large porous channels to host a hydrazone photoswitch. Multicycle Z/E-isomerization of the hydrazone took place reversibly within HCOF-101, showcasing the potential use of HCOF-101 for optical information storage.
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R. Liang, J. Samanta, B. Shao, M. Zhang, R. J. Staples, A. D. Chen, M. Tang, Y. Wu, I. Aprahamian, C. Ke, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 23176.
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