Soumya Mukherjee

Soumya Mukherjee
University of Limerick | UL · Department of Chemical Sciences

PhD in Chemistry
Translating Molecules into Materials, Structures into Functions

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Introduction
Principal Investigator and Group Leader at the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick. A recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt grant, and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship grant (from the European Commission). 10+ years of research experience on porous materials and their structure-function correlation derived applications. Selected as a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), a member of the American Chemical Society and an affiliate member of the IUPAC.
Additional affiliations
January 2020 - May 2022
Technische Universität München
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Metal-organic physisorbent design for environmental remediation
January 2017 - December 2019
University of Limerick
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Metal-organic physisorbent design by crystal engineering
June 2010 - August 2010
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • Synthesis of donor-acceptor pi-conjugated supramolcular assemblies
Education
August 2011 - November 2016
June 2009 - July 2011
University of Calcutta
Field of study
  • Chemistry
May 2006 - May 2009
University of Calcutta
Field of study
  • Chemistry

Publications

Publications (106)
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Purification of ethylene (C2H4), the largest-volume product of the chemical industry, currently involves energy-intensive processes such as chemisorption (CO2 removal), catalytic hydrogenation (C 2 H 2 conversion), and cryogenic distillation (C2H6 separation). Although advanced physisorbent or membrane separation could lower the energy input, one-s...
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The high energy footprint of commodity gas purification and ever-increasing demand for gases require new approaches to gas separation. Kinetic separation of gas mixtures through molecular sieving can enable "ideal" separation through molecular size or shape exclusion. Physisorbents must exhibit just the right pore diameter to enable such ideal sepa...
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Pyrazine‐linked hybrid ultramicroporous (pore size <7 Å) materials (HUMs) offer benchmark performance for trace carbon capture thanks to strong selectivity for CO2 over small gas molecules, including light hydrocarbons. That the prototypal pyrazine‐linked HUMs are amenable to crystal engineering has enabled second generation HUMs to supersede the p...
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The chemical industry represents ca. 7% of the global GDP and 40% of its immense energy footprint stems from the separation/purification processes of commodity chemicals, particularly downstream processing of hydrocarbons. Of critical importance is the separation of C6 cyclic hydrocarbons benzene (C6H6) and cyclohexane (C6H12). Supplanting thermall...
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Carboxylic acid linker ligands are known to form strong metal-carboxylate bonds to afford many different variations of permanently microporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). A controlled approach to decarboxylation of the ligands in carboxylate-based MOFs could result in structural modifications, offering scope to improve existing properties or t...
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[Zn(3-tba) 2 ], 1, a 1-D coordination polymer synthesised as 1·DMA, 1α, transformed to a nonporous form, 1β upon activation. 1β underwent further transformation to the dimeric complex [Zn(3-tba) 2 (H 2 O) 2 ], 2, above 40%...
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Although pyrazine-linked hybrid ultramicroporous materials (HUMs, pore size < 7 Å) are benchmark physisorbents for trace carbon dioxide (CO2) capture under dry conditions, their affinity for water (H2O) mitigates their carbon capture performance in humid conditions. Herein, we report on the co-adsorption of H2O and CO2 by TIFSIX-3-Ni-a high CO2 aff...
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Although pyrazine‐linked hybrid ultramicroporous materials (HUMs, pore size < 7 Å) are benchmark physisorbents for trace carbon dioxide (CO2) capture under dry conditions, their affinity for water (H2O) mitigates their carbon capture performance in humid conditions. Herein, we report on the co‐adsorption of H2O and CO2 by TIFSIX‐3‐Ni—a high CO2 aff...
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Porosity and surface area analysis play a prominent role in modern materials science. At the heart of this sits the Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) theory, which has been a remarkably successful contribution to the field of materials science. The BET method was developed in the 1930s for open surfaces but is now the most widely used metric for the est...
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Understanding the electrode/electrolyte interface is crucial for optimizing electrocatalytic performances. Here, we demonstrate that the nature of alkali metal cations can profoundly impact the oxygen evolution activity of surface‐mounted metal‐organic framework (SURMOF) derived electrocatalysts, which are based on NiFe(OOH). In‐situ Raman spectros...
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Understanding the electrode/electrolyte interface is crucial for optimizing electrocatalytic performances. Here, we demonstrate that the nature of alkali metal cations can profoundly impact the oxygen evolution activity of surface‐mounted metal‐organic framework (SURMOF) derived electrocatalysts, which are based on NiFe(OOH). In‐situ Raman spectros...
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The Cover Feature illustrates that in electrocatalysis, avoiding energy‐intensive post‐treatments (such as calcination and pyrolysis) contributes to the much‐needed transition from a “burning planet” of today to a greener and cleaner tomorrow. More information can be found in the Review by S. Mukherjee et al.
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Porosity and surface area analysis play a prominent role in modern materials science, where their determination spans the fields of natural sciences, engineering, geology and medical research. At the heart of this sits the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) theory,[1] which has been a remarkably successful contribution to the field of materials science....
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Taking cognizance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 “affordable and clean energy”, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and derived materials have spurred research interest in electrocatalysis. New findings have made headway in water splitting (oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction) and other electrocatalysis, incl...
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Many engineering technologies such as electronic cooling and thermal desalination exemplify the enhancement of evaporation and boiling heat transfer by surface modification. Nevertheless, the core parameters of heat transfer such as critical heat flux and heat transfer coefficient are associated with surface wettability and morphology. Herein, for...
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Energy-efficient selective physisorption driven C2H2 separation from industrial C2-C1 impurities such as C2H4, CO2 and CH4 marks high importance in the purification of downstream commodity chemicals. We address this challenge employing a series of isoreticular cationic metal-organic frameworks, namely iMOF-nC (n = 5, 6, 7). All three square lattice...
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Energy-efficient selective physisorption driven C2H2 separation from industrial C2-C1 impurities such as C2H4, CO2 and CH4 marks high importance in the purification of downstream commodity chemicals. We address this challenge employing a series of isoreticular cationic metal-organic frameworks, namely iMOF-nC (n = 5, 6, 7). All three square lattice...
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One-step adsorptive purification of ethylene (C2H4) from four-component gas mixtures comprising acetylene (C2H2), ethylene (C2H4), ethane (C2H6) and carbon dioxide (CO2) is an unmet challenge in the area of commodity purification. Herein, we report that the ultra-microporous sorbent Zn-atz-oba (H2oba = 4,4-dicarboxyl diphenyl ether; Hatz = 3-amino-...
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Thanks to a bottom-up Lego® design of metals and organic ligands, the library of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have seen a conspicuous growth. Post-synthetically modified MOFs comprise a relatively smaller subset of this library. Whereas the approach of post-synthetic modification was seminally introduced to MOFs in the early 90's, earliest examp...
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Water is ubiquitous on planet Earth. Whereas freshwater is proverbially mentioned as life, water in its vapor and liquid forms is infamous as a nemesis to solid adsorbents/catalysts in terms of negatively impacting their relevant performance parameters. Despite early promises, modularly composed metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are no exception to t...
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The trade-off between selectivity and adsorption capacity with porous materials is a major roadblock to reducing the energy footprint of gas separation technologies. To address this matter, we report herein a systematic crystal engineering study of C2H2 removal from CO2 in a family of hybrid ultramicroporous materials (HUMs). The HUMs are composed...
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Electrochemical sensors are indispensable in clinical diagnosis, biochemical detection and environmental monitoring, thanks to their ability to detect analytes in real-time with direct electronic readout. However, electrochemical sensors are challenged by sensitivity - the need to detect low concentrations, and selectivity - to detect specific anal...
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Die Integration eines porphyrinischen metallorganischen Gerüsts auf einer leitfähigen Indium-Zinn-Oxid-Oberfläche ergibt einen elektrochemischen Sensor, Mn-PCN-222/ITO. Dank der Detektion mehrerer anorganischer Ionen, organischer Gefahrstoffe und Schadstoffe zeigt Mn-PCN-222/ITO eine vielseitige Sensorik mit niedrigen Nachweisgrenzen. Benchmark-Sen...
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Coordination networks (CNs) are a class of (usually) crystalline solids typically comprised of metal ions or cluster nodes linked into 2 or 3 dimensions by organic and/or inorganic linker ligands. Whereas CNs tend to exhibit rigid structures and permanent porosity as exemplified by most metal-organic frameworks, MOFs, there exists a small but growi...
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Metal−organic frameworks (MOFs) are an emerging class of porous materials composed of organic linkers and metal centers/clusters. The integration of MOFs onto the solid surface as thin films/coatings has spurred great interest, thanks to leveraging control over their morphology (such as size-and shape-regulated crystals) and orientation, flexible p...
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Molecular decoders are single host matrices able to differentiate analytes by their distinct structural accommodations. Ten years ago, Susumu Kitagawa and co-workers described the prototypical molecular decoder and paved the way for molecular sensing. We now revisit this seminal study and discuss some of the advances that have followed.
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Porosity and surface area analysis play a prominent role in modern materials science, where 123 their determination spans the fields of natural sciences, engineering, geology and medical 124 research. At the heart of this sits the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) theory,[1] which has been 125 a remarkably successful contribution to the field of materia...
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Transient heat generation during guest adsorption and host–guest interactions is a natural phenomenon in metal–organic framework (MOF) chemistry. However, in situ tracking of such MOF released heat is an insufficiently researched field due to the fast heat dissipation to the surroundings. Herein, a facile capillary‐driven liquid‐imbibition approach...
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A facile capillary‐driven liquid‐imbibition approach is developed in article number 2006980 by Guang Yang, Roland A. Fischer, and co‐workers for in situ tracking of transient heat release at the wetting front of surface‐mounted metal–organic frameworks (SURMOFs) on cellulosic fiber papers. As an advancement to the state‐of‐the‐art in trace‐solvent...
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Open framework materials (OFMs), such as metal‐organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks have emerged as promising electrocatalysts to address the global energy crisis and environmental problems. Powdered non‐film forms, that is, bulk OFMs exhibit excellent catalytic activities toward electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction, water splitt...
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Obtaining homochiral compounds is of high importance to human health and environmental sustainability. Currently, enantioseparation is one of the most effective approaches to obtain homochiral compounds. Thanks to their controlled synthesis and high efficiency, homochiral metal-organic frameworks (HMOFs) are one of the most widely studied porous ma...
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Pyrazine‐linked hybrid ultramicroporous (pore size <7 Å) materials (HUMs) offer benchmark performance for trace carbon capture thanks to strong selectivity for CO2 over small gas molecules, including light hydrocarbons. That the prototypal pyrazine‐linked HUMs are amenable to crystal engineering has enabled second generation HUMs to supersede the p...
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Ethylene production from C2 hydrocarbon mixtures through one separation step is desirable but challenging because of the similar size and physical properties of acetylene, ethylene, and ethane. Herein, we report three new isostructural porous coordination networks (NPU-1, NPU-2, NPU-3; NPU represents Northwestern Polytechnical University) that are...
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Here we report the formation of three distinct Sn-based active materials for Li-ion battery anodes, formed from the same metal−organic material (MOM) precursor sql-1-Cu-SNIFSIX. The materials were obtained under three different anneal conditions in air, Ar, and a Se-rich atmosphere, leading to the selective formation of SnO2/CuO/C (oxide), Cu6Sn5/C...
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Integration of porphyrin based metal-organic frameworks (PP-MOFs) on solid surface has emerged as a key advancement in terms of exploring their promising applications. However, a great challenge remains unmet when it comes to successfully fabricating a PP-MOF film with crystallinity, controllable orientation, adjustable morphology and thickness, al...
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C2H2/CO2 separation is an industrially important process that remains challenging because of the similar physicochemical properties of C2H2 and CO2. We herein report that the new square lattice (sql) coordination network [Cu (bipy-xylene)2(NO3)2]n, sql-16-Cu-NO3 , 16 = bipy-xylene = 4,4′-(2,5-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene)dipyridine, exists in at least th...
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Physical separations can be superior to chemical separations when it comes to energetics and kinetics, especially when ideal sieving is feasible among hard‐to‐separate gas mixtures. Unfortunately, for industrial gases a very precise pore window size which must be ultramicroporous is needed for ideal sieving. In their Research Article (DOI: 10.1002/...
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Physikalische Trennungen können chemischen Trennungen überlegen sein, das gilt insbesondere für Siebverfahren schwierig zu trennender Gasgemische. Ein ideales Sieben von industriellen Gasen erfordert jedoch eine sehr präzise, ultramikroporöse Porenfenstergröße. In ihrem Forschungsartikel (DOI: 10.1002/ange.202006414) beschreiben Y. Huang, M. J. Zaw...
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Crystal engineering, the field of chemistry that studies the design, properties, and applications of crystals, is exemplified by the emergence over the past thirty years of porous coordination networks (PCNs), including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and hybrid coordination networks (HCNs). PCNs have now come of age thanks to their amenability to...
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Separation of the C8 aromatic isomers, p-xylene (PX), m-xylene (MX), o-xylene (OX) and ethylbenzene (EB), is relevant thanks to their widespread application as chemical feedstocks but challenging because of their similar boiling points and close molecular dimensions. Physisorptive separation could offer an energy-efficient solution to this challeng...
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The high energy footprint of commodity gas purification and ever‐increasing demand for gases require new approaches to gas separation. Kinetic separation of gas mixtures through molecular sieving can enable “ideal” separation through molecular size or shape exclusion. Physisorbents must exhibit just the right pore diameter to enable such ideal sepa...
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Breaking up is hard to do, especially for acetylene and carbon dioxide, but benchmark separation with selectivity for these gases has been accomplished in a crystal engineered family of ultramicroporous metal‐organic frameworks (MOFs) thanks to acetylene binding sweet spots enabled by HCCH⋅⋅⋅halogen interactions.
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Crystal engineering, the field of chemistry that studies the design, properties, and applications of crystals, is exemplified by the emergence of coordination networks (CNs). CNs are comprised of metal cations or metal clusters linked into 2D or 3D networks by organic and/or inorganic ligands. Early studies on CNs tended to focus upon design using...
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Acetylene (C2H2) capture is a step in a number of industrial processes but comes with a high energy footprint. Whereas physisorbents have the potential to reduce this energy footprint, they are handicapped by generally poor selectivity vs. other relevant gases such as CO2 and C2H4. In the case of CO2, the respective physicochemical properties are s...
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[Cu(4-phenylpyridine) 4 (trifluoromethanesulfonate) 2 ] is a new Werner complex that exhibits switching behaviour between non-porous (apohost) and porous (guest-loaded) phases upon exposure to o-xylene but not when exposed to other C8 isomers. High...
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CO 2 accumulation in confined spaces represents an increasing environmental and health problem. Trace CO 2 capture remains an unmet challenge because human health risks can occur at 1000 parts per million (ppm), a level that challenges current generations of chemisorbents (high energy footprint and slow kinetics) and physisorbents (poor selectivity...
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This review paper focuses on various gas processing technologies and materials that efficiently capture trace levels of carbon dioxide (CO2). Fundamental separation mechanisms such as absorption, adsorption, and distillation technology are presented. Liquid amine-based carbon capture (C-capture) technologies have been in existence for over half a c...
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Coordination networks that reversibly switch between closed and open phases are of topical interest since their stepped isotherms can offer higher working capacity for gas storage applications than related rigid porous coordination networks. In order to be of practical utility, the pressures at which switching occurs, the gate‐opening and gate‐clos...
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Coordination networks that reversibly switch between closed and open phases are of topical interest since their stepped isotherms can offer higher working capacity for gas storage applications than related rigid porous coordination networks. In order to be of practical utility, the pressures at which switching occurs, the gate‐opening and gate‐clos...
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Cage compounds: Metal–organic polyhedra (MOPs) are discrete, metal–organic molecular entities composed of edge‐sharing molecular polygons or connected molecular vertices that offer much promise as porous materials owing to their well‐defined structures and solution processability. More information can be found in the Minireview by Sujit K. Ghosh et...
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Metal‐organic polyhedra (MOPs) are discrete, metal‐organic molecular entities built from edge‐sharing molecular polygons or by connecting molecular vertices. Unlike infinite metal‐organic coordination networks popularized by metal‐organic frameworks (MOFs), spherical MOPs also known as nanocages, nanospheres, nanocapsules or nanoballs are obtained...
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CO2, an anthropogenic greenhouse gas, is accountable for global warming, ocean acidification, and is an impurity in several industrially important gas mixtures. Advanced CO2 capture (C-capture) technologies with low energy footprints must emerge if society is to transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy. Herein we address the state-of-the-art...
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Metal-organic frameworks, popularly known as MOFs, have come of age-thanks to custom-built design principles enabling them to serve a myriad of task-specific applications. In an era where >6000 new MOFs are annually published, driven by academic research, a new generation of MOFs that can find use in niche markets is on the rise. One of the foremos...
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Adsorbent materials that exhibit high selectivity without sacrificing adsorption capacity can significantly reduce energy costs for industrial separation/purification processes and thus facilitate a transition away from energy‐intensive processes such as conventional distillation. Purification of the C8 aromatics (xylenes and ethylbenzene) is parti...
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Adsorbent materials that exhibit high selectivity without sacrificing adsorption capacity can significantly reduce energy costs for industrial separation/purification processes and thus facilitate a transition away from energy‐intensive processes such as conventional distillation. Purification of the C8 aromatics (xylenes and ethylbenzene) is parti...
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Metal‐organic polyhedra (MOPs) are a promising class of crystalline porous materials with multifarious potential applications. Although MOPs and Metal‐organic frameworks (MOFs) have similar potentials in terms of their intrinsic porosity and physicochemical properties, the exploitation of carboxylate MOPs is still rudimentary due to lack of systema...
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The development of porous coordination networks based upon square grids pillared by inorganic anions has attracted attention thanks to their benchmark gas sorption properties (e.g. high uptake capacity at low partial pressures; high selectivity). These properties are imparted by combining ultramicropores with strong electrostatics. Such hybrid ultr...
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We report a 2-fold interpenetrated primitive cubic (pcu) net-work X-pcu-5-Zn, [Zn2(DMTDC)2(dpe)] (H2DMTDC = 3,4-dimethylthieno[2,3-b]thiophene-2,5-dicarboxylic acid, dpe = 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene), that exhibits reversible switching between an as-synthesized “open” phase, X-pcu-5-Zn-α, and two nonporous or “closed” polymorphs, X-pcu-5-Zn- and X-p...
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Here, we report the synthesis of a bimetallic 2D interpenetrated metal‐organic material (MOM) and its use as a sacrificial precursor for the formation of a Cu2SnS3/SnS2/C composite. The one‐step sulfurisation of the novel Sn/Cu‐MOM represents a facile method for the preparation of an effective anode material for Li‐ion battery applications. The Cu2...
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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) or porous coordination polymers (PCPs) are defined as crystalline, open, coordination network architectures with potential voids. They have drawn momentous attention across several crossroads of material chemistry since their discovery, owing to an exciting plethora of application-oriented footprints left by this cla...
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A nonporous square lattice (sql) coordination network [Co(bipy)2(NCS)2]n (sql-1-Co-NCS) exhibits recyclable switching induced by CO2. The sorption isotherms are stepped with moderate hysteresis, temperature controlled and saturation uptake is fixed. Such switching, which has rarely been observed, offers the promise of exceptional working capacity f...
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Fluorous organic building blocks have been cogently harnessed to develop two self-assembled, hydrophobic and fluorinated porous organic polymers (FPOPs) namely, FPOP-100 and FPOP-101. On comprehensive mechanical analyses of these functionalized triazine network polymers, they mark the introduction of mechanical stiffness among all porous organic ne...
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Short and sterically encumbered pyrazole ligands have led to the first examples of non-interpenetrated, dichromate pillared hybrid ultramicroporous materials.
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Selective CO2 adsorption over other small gases has been realized in an ultramicroporous metal-organic framework (MOF). In the quest of manifesting such selective carbon capture performance, the pre-functionalized linker strategy has been espoused. A new Zn(II)-based three-dimensional, three-fold interpenetrated MOF material [Zn(PBDA)(DPNI)]n.xG (P...
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In the search for efficient detection of harmful vapors of environmentally pollutant toxins, viz. volatile organic compounds, a π-electron-rich linker prefunctionalization rationale was pursued. By harnessing the luminescent coordination polymer’s guest-switchable framework breathing attributes, varied volatile aromatic vapors were well-recognized...