Regulation of NO uptake in flexible Ru dimer chain compounds with highly electron donating dopants

Jun Zhang, Wataru Kosaka, Hiroki Fukunaga, Susumu Kitagawa, Masaki Takata, Hitoshi Miyasaka

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On-demand design of porous frameworks for selective capture of specific gas molecules, including toxic gas molecules such as nitric oxide (NO), is a very important theme in the research field of molecular porous materials. Herein, we report the achievement of highly selective NO adsorption through chemical doping in a framework (i.e., solid solution approach): the highly electron donating unit [Ru2(o-OMePhCO2)4] (o-OMePhCO2- = o-anisate) was transplanted into the structurally flexible chain framework [Ru2(4-Cl-2-OMePhCO2)4(phz)] (0; 4-Cl-2-OMePhCO2- = 4-chloro-o-anisate and phz = phenazine) to obtain a series of doped compounds, [{Ru2(4-Cl-2-OMePhCO2)4}1-x{Ru2(o-OMePhCO2)4}x(phz)] (x = 0.34, 0.44, 0.52, 0.70, 0.81, 0.87), with [Ru2(o-OMePhCO2)4(phz)] (1) as x = 1. The original compound 1 was made purely from a "highly electron donating unit" but had no adsorption capability for gases because of its nonporosity. Meanwhile, the partial transplant of the electronically advantageous [Ru2(o-OMePhCO2)4] unit with x = 0.34-0.52 in 0 successfully enhanced the selective adsorption capability of NO in an identical structurally flexible framework; an uptake at 95 kPa that was 1.7-3 mol/[Ru2] unit higher than that of the original 0 compound was achieved (121 K). The solid solution approach is an efficient means of designing purposeful porous frameworks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12085-12092
Number of pages8
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 21


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