Topological Isomerism in Three-Dimensional Covalent Organic Frameworks

01 February 2023, Version 1
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Although isomerism is a typical and significant phenomenon in organic chemistry, it is rarely found in covalent organic framework (COF) materials. Herein, for the first time, we report a controllable synthesis of topological isomers in three-dimensional COFs via a distinctive tetrahedral building unit under different solvents. Based on this strategy, both isomers with dia or qtz net (termed JUC-620 and JUC-621) have been obtained, and their structures are deter-mined by combining powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Remarkably, these architectures show a dis-tinct difference in their porous features, e.g., JUC-621 with qtz net exhibits permanent mesopores (up to ~ 2.3 nm) and high surface area (~ 2060 m2 g-1), which far surpasses those of JUC-620 with dia net (pore size of ~1.2 nm and surface area of 980 m2 g-1). Further-more, mesoporous JUC-621 can remove dye molecules efficiently and achieves excellent iodine adsorption (up to 6.7 g g-1), which is 2.3 times that of microporous JUC-620 (~2.9 g g-1). This work thus provides a new way for constructing COF isomers and promotes structural diversity and promising applications of COF mate-rials.


Covalent Organic Frameworks
Topological Isomerism
qtz net

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Materials, characterization and references


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