Shape-memory nanopores induced in coordination frameworks by crystal downsizing

Yoko Sakata, Shuhei Furukawa, Mio Kondo, Kenji Hirai, Nao Horike, Yohei Takashima, Hiromitsu Uehara, Nicolas Louvain, Mikhail Meilikhov, Takaaki Tsuruoka, Seiji Isoda, Wataru Kosaka, Osami Sakata, Susumu Kitagawa

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Flexible porous coordination polymers change their structure in response to molecular incorporation but recover their original configuration after the guest has been removed. We demonstrated that the crystal downsizing of twofold interpenetrated frameworks of [Cu2(dicarboxylate)2(amine)] n regulates the structural flexibility and induces a shape-memory effect in the coordination frameworks. In addition to the two structures that contribute to the sorption process (that is, a nonporous closed phase and a guest-included open phase), we isolated an unusual, metastable open dried phase when downsizing the crystals to the mesoscale, and the closed phase was recovered by thermal treatment. Crystal downsizing suppressed the structural mobility and stabilized the open dried phase. The successful isolation of two interconvertible empty phases, the closed phase and the open dried phase, provided switchable sorption properties with or without gate-opening behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-196
Number of pages4
Issue number6116
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 11


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