Porous organic cages: soluble, modular and molecular pores

Hasell, Tom ORCID: 0000-0003-4736-0604 and Cooper, Andrew I ORCID: 0000-0003-0201-1021
(2016) Porous organic cages: soluble, modular and molecular pores. NATURE REVIEWS MATERIALS, 1 (9).

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Porosity is a rare property for molecular materials but, surprisingly, porous solids built from discrete organic cage molecules have emerged as a versatile functional-materials platform. From modest beginnings less than a decade ago, there are now organic cage solids with surface areas that can rival extended metal-organic frameworks. In contrast to network polymers and frameworks, these organic cages are synthesized first and then assembled in the solid state in a separate step. This offers solution-processing options that are not available for insoluble organic and inorganic frameworks. In this Review, we highlight examples of porous organic cages and focus on the unique features that set them apart, such as their molecular solubility, their increased tendency to exhibit polymorphism and the scope for modular co-crystallization.

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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 13:59
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 00:53
DOI: 10.1038/natrevmats.2016.53
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3038172

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