A Redox-Active Bistable Molecular Switch Mounted inside a Metal-Organic Framework

Qishui Chen, Junling Sun, Peng Li, Idan Hod, Peyman Z. Moghadam, Zachary S. Kean, Randall Q. Snurr, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha, J. Fraser Stoddart

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We describe the incorporation of a bistable mechanically interlocked molecule (MIM) into a robust Zr-based metal-organic framework (MOF), NU-1000, by employing a post-synthetic functionalization protocol. On average, close to two bistable [2]catenanes can be incorporated per repeating unit of the hexagonal channels of NU-1000. The reversible redox-switching of the bistable [2]catenanes is retained inside the MOF, as evidenced by solid-state UV-vis-NIR reflectance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. This research demonstrates that bistable MIMs are capable of exhibiting robust dynamics inside the nanopores of a MOF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14242-14245
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number43
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry (all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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