Thermally robust and porous noncovalent organic framework with high affinity for fluorocarbons and CFCs

Teng Hao Chen, Ilya Popov, Watchareeya Kaveevivitchai, Yu Chun Chuang, Yu Sheng Chen, Olafs Daugulis, Allan J. Jacobson, Ognjen Miljanić

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Metal-organic and covalent organic frameworks are porous materials characterized by outstanding thermal stability, high porosities and modular synthesis. Their repeating structures offer a great degree of control over pore sizes, dimensions and surface properties. Similarly precise engineering at the nanoscale is difficult to achieve with discrete molecules, since they rarely crystallize as porous structures. Here we report a small organic molecule that organizes into a noncovalent organic framework with large empty pores. This structure is held together by a combination of [N-H⋯N] hydrogen bonds between the terminal pyrazole rings and [π⋯π] stacking between the electron-rich pyrazoles and electron-poor tetrafluorobenzenes. Such a synergistic arrangement makes this structure stable to at least 250°C and porous, with an accessible surface area of 1,159m2g-1. Crystals of this framework adsorb hydrocarbons, CFCs and fluorocarbons - the latter two being ozone-depleting substances and potent greenhouse species - with weight capacities of up to 75%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5131
JournalNature communications
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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