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Mesoporous Materials

Interest in mesoporous materials (IUPAC definition: pore size 2–50 nm) has developed dramatically over the last few years, not least because the pore structure of these materials provides an extremely large surface area within a relatively small volume of material. This makes the materials suitable, for example, for catalysis, chemical sensors, and molecular separation.

The following is a selection of recent articles in this field from Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry—A European Journal, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry.

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Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy Proves the Presence of Penta-coordinated Sc Sites in MIL-100(Sc)

Solid‐State NMR Spectroscopy Proves the Presence of Penta‐coordinated Sc Sites in MIL‐100(Sc)

MOF sites: Advanced solid-state NMR methods and first-principles calculations demonstrate for the first time the formation of penta-coordinated scandium sites. A 45Sc NMR experiment allows their specific observation in activated Sc3BTB2 and MIL-100(Sc) MOFs. The assignment of the ScO5 groups is supported by the DFT calculations of NMR parameters.

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Raynald Giovine, Christophe Volkringer, Sharon E. Ashbrook, Julien Trébosc, David McKay, Thierry Loiseau, Jean-Paul Amoureux, Olivier Lafon, Frédérique Pourpoint
Chem. Eur. J., May 24, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201700584 Read article

A Designed ZnO@ZIF-8 Core–Shell Nanorod Film as a Gas Sensor with Excellent Selectivity for H2 over CO

A Designed ZnO@ZIF‐8 Core–Shell Nanorod Film as a Gas Sensor with Excellent Selectivity for H2 over CO

Fabricating gas sensors: A ZnO@ZIF-8 core–shell nanorod film is fabricated through a solution deposition process. Fine-tuning the reaction conditions allows a ZnO@ZIF-8 core–shell structure with a thin, fine-grain, porous ZIF-8 shell to be obtained. The penetration of H2 through the ZIF-8 layer is easy because of the thin shell thickness, whereas passing of CO is hindered owing to the fine-grain confinement of the porous ZIF-8 shell (see figure). Selectivity for H2 over CO is realized using this ZnO@MOF complex.

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Xiaonan Wu, Shunshun Xiong, Zhenghao Mao, Sheng Hu, Xinggui Long
Chem. Eur. J., May 24, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201700320 Read article

Bimetal-Organic-Framework Derivation of Ball-Cactus-Like Ni-Sn-P@C-CNT as Long-Cycle Anode for Lithium Ion Battery

Bimetal‐Organic‐Framework Derivation of Ball‐Cactus‐Like Ni‐Sn‐P@C‐CNT as Long‐Cycle Anode for Lithium Ion Battery

Bimetal-organic frameworks of Ni-Sn-BTC metal organic framework precursor are used to synthesize a unique ball-cactus-like Ni-Sn-P@C-CNT microsphere with carbon overlayer and deep-rooted CNTs. It delivers a large Li-storage capacity of 704 mA h g−1 after 200 cycles at 100 mA g−1 and excellent high-rate cycling performance. A capacity of 504 mA h g−1 is retained after 800 cycles at 1 A g−1.

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Ruoling Dai, Weiwei Sun, Li-Ping Lv, Minghong Wu, Hao Liu, Guoxiu Wang, Yong Wang
Small, May 22, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201700521 Read article

In Situ Formation of Co9S8/N-C Hollow Nanospheres by Pyrolysis and Sulfurization of ZIF-67 for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

In Situ Formation of Co9S8/N‐C Hollow Nanospheres by Pyrolysis and Sulfurization of ZIF‐67 for High‐Performance Lithium‐Ion Batteries

Better batteries: Co9S8/N-C hollow spheres were successfully synthesized through synchronous pyrolysis and sulfurization of ZIF-67 (see figure). These structures deliver a distinguished performance when applied as the anode in lithium-ion batteries.

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Peiyuan Zeng, Jianwen Li, Ming Ye, Kaifeng Zhuo, Zhen Fang
Chem. Eur. J., May 22, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201700881 Read article

Simultaneous Activation–Exfoliation–Reassembly to Form Layered Carbon with Hierarchical Pores

Simultaneous Activation–Exfoliation–Reassembly to Form Layered Carbon with Hierarchical Pores

Pores and play: A facile and simultaneous activation–exfoliation–reassembly technique to perform structural modification and pore tailoring of carbonaceous matrices conveniently is established. The 3 D network of thin carbon nanosheets consists of micro-, meso-, and macropores. When TiO2 nanosheets are combined with the hierarchical layered carbon structure, enhanced adsorption and catalytic properties are achieved.

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Wei Li Ong, Judith Hui Min Wong, Serene Wen Ling Ng, Hui Ru Tan, Yee Fun Lim, Ghim Wei Ho
ChemCatChem, May 22, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201700137 Read article

Transforming HKUST-1 Metal–Organic Frameworks into Gels – Stimuli-Responsiveness and Morphology Evolution

Transforming HKUST‐1 Metal–Organic Frameworks into Gels – Stimuli‐Responsiveness and Morphology Evolution

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Peisen Liao, Haobin Fang, Jianyong Zhang, Ya Hu, Liuping Chen, Cheng-Yong Su
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., May 19, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201700048 Read article

Tunable Porous Coordination Polymers for the Capture, Recovery and Storage of Inhalation Anesthetics

Tunable Porous Coordination Polymers for the Capture, Recovery and Storage of Inhalation Anesthetics

3D Capture: The widespread use of a variety of inhalation anesthetics present significant environmental, health and economic challenges associated with their release into the atmosphere. The ability of a family of 3D framework materials containing square channels to capture and store a range of anesthetics is described.

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Brendan F. Abrahams, A. David Dharma, Paul S. Donnelly, Timothy A. Hudson, Cameron J. Kepert, Richard Robson, Peter D. Southon, Keith F. White
Chem. Eur. J., May 19, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201700389 Read article

Enhancement of Growth of MOF MIL-68(Al) Thin Films on Porous Alumina Tubes Using Different Linking Agents

Enhancement of Growth of MOF MIL‐68(Al) Thin Films on Porous Alumina Tubes Using Different Linking Agents

MIL-68(Al) thin membranes are prepared on cylindrical alumina supports. Different kinds of binders or linking agents (colloidal silica LUDOX®, silicalite-1, and chitosan) are used to promote the growth of MOF crystals. Single-gas permeation experiments are carried out to study the quality and efficiency of the membranes.

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Adelaida Perea-Cachero, Pablo Calvo, Enrique Romero, Carlos Téllez, Joaquín Coronas
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., May 18, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201700302 Read article

Rapid Ultrasound-Assisted Synthesis of Mesoporous Manganese Oxides for Low-Concentration NO Elimination with Superior Water-Resistance

Rapid Ultrasound‐Assisted Synthesis of Mesoporous Manganese Oxides for Low‐Concentration NO Elimination with Superior Water‐Resistance

For the elimination of low-concentration NO pollutant, mesoporous manganese oxides with superior water-resistance properties are obtained by a room-temperature ultrasonic-assisted redox process. DFT calculations confirm that the strengthened chemisorption of NO2 on the (001) plane under humid conditions prevents the deactivation of the catalyst.

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Yanyan Du, Feng He, Zile Hua, Zhijian Wu, Mengli Li, Jiusheng Li, Keke Huang, Jianlin Shi
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., May 18, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201700008 Read article

Nickel Hydroxide Supercapacitor with a Theoretical Capacitance and High Rate Capability Based on Hollow Dendritic 3D-Nickel Current Collectors

Nickel Hydroxide Supercapacitor with a Theoretical Capacitance and High Rate Capability Based on Hollow Dendritic 3D‐Nickel Current Collectors

Highly capable: Hollow dendritic 3D-Ni structures show potential applications as high-performance current collectors for advanced energy storage systems. The enhanced performance could be attributed to the large surface area and high conductivity of the moss-like dendritic 3D-Ni current collector. A facile electrodeposition method employing a hydrogen bubble template was used for rapid fabrication of the dendritic 3D-nickel structure.

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Sung-Wook Kim, Ik-Hee Kim, Sun-I Kim, Ji-Hyun Jang
Chem. Asian J., May 18, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/asia.201700454 Read article

Macroporous Silica with Thick Framework for Steam-Stable and High-Performance Poly(ethyleneimine)/Silica CO2 Adsorbent

Macroporous Silica with Thick Framework for Steam‐Stable and High‐Performance Poly(ethyleneimine)/Silica CO2 Adsorbent

Steam-stable CO2 adsorbents: Silica supports—a highly macroporous silica (MacS) and three mesoporous silicas (MCM-41, SBA-15, and mesocellular foam (MCF))—are compared as a support for 50 wt % poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI). MacS, which has an extra-large pore diameter and volume, and a thick wall, exhibits the best CO2 adsorption capacity and kinetics as well as steam stability.

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Kyungmin Min, Woosung Choi, Minkee Choi
ChemSusChem, May 16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201700398 Read article

Bifunctional Cage-Type Cubic Mesoporous Silica SBA-1 Nanoparticles for Selective Adsorption of Dyes

Bifunctional Cage‐Type Cubic Mesoporous Silica SBA‐1 Nanoparticles for Selective Adsorption of Dyes

Two dye for: Bifunctionalized SBA-1 mesoporous silica nanoparticles with dual surface charges exhibit excellent selectivity towards cationic and anionic dyes when they are used as adsorbents for dye removal from a binary dye mixture (see figure).

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Chien-Hua Lin, Juti Rani Deka, Cheng-En Wu, Cheng-Hsun Tsai, Diganta Saikia, Yung-Chin Yang, Hsien-Ming Kao
Chem. Asian J., May 16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/asia.201700286 Read article

Metal-Organic Framework-Derived Non-Precious Metal Nanocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

Metal‐Organic Framework‐Derived Non‐Precious Metal Nanocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

By virtue of their large surface area, controllable composition and pore structure, metal-organic framework-derived non-precious metal nanocatalysts are extensively investigated and an exceptional catalytic performance for oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells is presented.

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Shaofang Fu, Chengzhou Zhu, Junhua Song, Dan Du, Yuehe Lin
Adv. Energy Mater., May 16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201700363 Read article

Transition-Metal (Fe, Co, Ni) Based Metal-Organic Frameworks for Electrochemical Energy Storage

Transition‐Metal (Fe, Co, Ni) Based Metal‐Organic Frameworks for Electrochemical Energy Storage

Transition-metal (Fe, Co, Ni) based metal-organic frameworks represent one promising kind of power materials for electrochemical energy storage. Synthesis strategies, tailored material properties and different electrochemical performances are prominent features of supercapacitors and batteries. Transition-metal (Fe, Co, Ni) based metal-organic frameworks and their derivative nanomaterials comprehensively summarized and evaluations are given in this review.

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Shasha Zheng, Xinran Li, Bingyi Yan, Qin Hu, Yuxia Xu, Xiao Xiao, Huaiguo Xue, Huan Pang
Adv. Energy Mater., May 16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602733 Read article

Optochemically Responsive 2D Nanosheets of a 3D Metal–Organic Framework Material

Optochemically Responsive 2D Nanosheets of a 3D Metal–Organic Framework Material

A rapid supramolecular method to synthesize the “OX-1” (Oxford University-1) nanosheet metal–organic framework (MOF), functionalized adopting the guest@MOF strategy, is reported. Nanoscale confinement of light-emitting guest molecules in the OX-1 pores yields remarkable optical, electronic, and chemical properties. Harnessing reversible host–guest interactions, photochemical sensing of volatile organic compounds and small molecules important for many practical applications is demonstrated.

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Abhijeet K. Chaudhari, Ha Jin Kim, Intaek Han, Jin-Chong Tan
Adv. Mater., May 10, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201701463 Read article

DNA-Assembled Core-Satellite Upconverting-Metal–Organic Framework Nanoparticle Superstructures for Efficient Photodynamic Therapy

DNA‐Assembled Core‐Satellite Upconverting‐Metal–Organic Framework Nanoparticle Superstructures for Efficient Photodynamic Therapy

DNA-assembled metal–organic framework-upconverting nanoparticle (MOF–UCNP) core–satellite nanoparticle superstructures produce singlet oxygen (1O2) at significantly greater amounts than what can be produced from simply mixing MOF–UCNP samples under NIR light irradiation.

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Liangcan He, Michael Brasino, Chenchen Mao, Suehyun Cho, Wounjhang Park, Andrew P. Goodwin, Jennifer N. Cha
Small, May 08, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201700504 Read article

In Situ Transformation of MOFs into Layered Double Hydroxide Embedded Metal Sulfides for Improved Electrocatalytic and Supercapacitive Performance

In Situ Transformation of MOFs into Layered Double Hydroxide Embedded Metal Sulfides for Improved Electrocatalytic and Supercapacitive Performance

In-situ pseudomorphic transformation strategy is established via facile zeolitic imidazole framework derived templated growth and sulfurization of nickel cobalt layered double hydroxides (NiCo-LDH) to form hybrid hydroxide-sulfide system. The hybrid system synchronously realizes an ideal porous framework, rich redox chemistry, and high electrical conductivity matrix. This leads to a significant enhancement in its complementary electrocatalytic H2 generation and supercapacitive energy storage properties.

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Gamze Yilmaz, Kah Meng Yam, Chun Zhang, Hong Jin Fan, Ghim Wei Ho
Adv. Mater., May 03, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201606814 Read article

A Multifunctional Zirconium-Based Metal–Organic Framework for the One-Pot Tandem Photooxidative Passerini Three-Component Reaction of Alcohols

A Multifunctional Zirconium‐Based Metal–Organic Framework for the One‐Pot Tandem Photooxidative Passerini Three‐Component Reaction of Alcohols

Three in one-pot: A novel porous zirconium-based metal–organic framework (MOF) is synthesized and explored in the one-pot tandem photo-oxidative Passerini three-component reaction of alcohols to afford α-acyloxy amides at room temperature without using any additive. Multiple functionalities into the MOF enrich its application in the photocatalysis and catalysis.

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Davood Azarifar, Ramin Ghorbani-Vaghei, Saba Daliran, Ali Reza Oveisi
ChemCatChem, April 21, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201700169 Read article

Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Membranes Supported on Macroporous Carbon Hollow Fibers by Fluidic Processing Techniques

Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Membranes Supported on Macroporous Carbon Hollow Fibers by Fluidic Processing Techniques

Robust and selective zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF) membranes are synthesized by interfacial fluidic processing on macroporous carbon fibers. Such a generalized ZIF membrane synthesis process overcomes issues of stability and enables the use of ZIF membranes in a wide range of molecular separations.

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Kiwon Eum, Chen Ma, Dong-Yeun Koh, Fereshteh Rashidi, Zhong Li, Christopher W. Jones, Ryan P. Lively, Sankar Nair
Adv. Mater. Interfaces, April 20, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201700080 Read article

Chiral Sensing with Mesoporous Pd@Pt Nanoparticles

Chiral Sensing with Mesoporous Pd@Pt Nanoparticles

That makes sense: The synthesis of high-surface-area mesoporous Pd@Pt nanoparticles for chiral sensing is demonstrated. This is done by treating the nanoparticles with chiral molecules (D-DOPA, and L–DOPA) during synthesis procedure, which imparts molecular affinity for the desired enantiomer and stereoisomer.

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Yuxi Fang, Cuiling Li, Jiang Bo, Joel Henzie, Yusuke Yamauchi, Toru Asahi
ChemElectroChem, April 19, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201700257 Read article

Increased Electric Conductivity upon I2 Uptake and Gas Sorption in a Pillar-Layered Metal–Organic Framework

Increased Electric Conductivity upon I2 Uptake and Gas Sorption in a Pillar‐Layered Metal–Organic Framework

Two eyes on MOFs: A pillar-layered MOF was assembled, which displayed selective adsorption for CO2 over CH4 as well as significantly increased electrical conductivity, caused by I2 loading (see graph). Single-crystal X-ray studies revealed the location of I2 in the framework. Hydrogen binding involving I2 is expected to contribute to charge-transfer effects and in turn higher conductivity for the MOF.

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Gao-Peng Li, Kun Zhang, Hai-Yan Zhao, Lei Hou, Yao-Yu Wang
ChemPlusChem, April 12, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cplu.201700063 Read article

Building Up Colors: Multilayered Arrays of Peryleneimides on Flat Surfaces and Mesoporous Layers

Building Up Colors: Multilayered Arrays of Peryleneimides on Flat Surfaces and Mesoporous Layers

Filling up the pores: Multilayers composed of perylene dyes are deposited on thin Al2O3 layers and mesoporous TiO2 by a simple dip-by-dip process. As many as 33 layers can be grown on Al2O3, whereas the voids between particles of mesoporous TiO2 can be bridged with dye layers (see figure). Microcrystal growth during the process can be controlled by employing appropriate washing techniques.

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Lijo George, Elena Efimova, Essi Sariola-Leikas, Kimmo Lahtonen, Mika Valden, Paola Vivo, Hanna Hakola, Arto Hiltunen, Alexander Efimov
ChemPlusChem, April 07, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cplu.201700061 Read article

Carbon Dioxide Oversolubility in Nanoconfined Liquids for the Synthesis of Cyclic Carbonates

Carbon Dioxide Oversolubility in Nanoconfined Liquids for the Synthesis of Cyclic Carbonates

Solving the problem: The physical phenomenon of gas oversolubility in nanoconfined liquids is applied for the catalytic cycloaddition of carbon dioxide to epoxides to generate cyclic carbonates at room temperature under atmospheric pressure. A hybrid adsorbent based on the MCM-41 silica material exhibits enhanced catalytic properties and multicycle stability, providing an effective and sustainable catalytic system.

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Maria V. Zakharova, Freddy Kleitz, Frédéric-Georges Fontaine
ChemCatChem, April 07, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201700247 Read article

A Novel Glucose Biosensor Based on Tb@Mesoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks/Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites

A Novel Glucose Biosensor Based on Tb@Mesoporous Metal‐Organic Frameworks/Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites

Born to perform: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are combined with mesoporous metal-organic frameworks (Tb@mesoMOFs) to form a novel nanocomposite as the platform to construct electrochemical biosensors for glucose detection. The Tb@mesoMOFs-CNT nanocomposites serve as a supporting matrix to load methylene green as an electron mediator and glucose dehydrogenase as the electrocatalysts on a glassy carbon electrode to construct an electrochemical glucose biosensor, which shows good performance for glucose detection with a wide linear range and a low detection limit.

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Yonghai Song, Yuan Shen, Coucong Gong, Jingyi Chen, Mengli Xu, Linyu Wang, Li Wang
ChemElectroChem, April 03, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.201600895 Read article

Smart Design of Small Pd Nanoparticles Confined in Hollow Carbon Nanospheres with Large Center-Radial Mesopores

Smart Design of Small Pd Nanoparticles Confined in Hollow Carbon Nanospheres with Large Center‐Radial Mesopores

Dendrimer-like mesoporous silica nanospheres are used as hard templates to fabricate porous hollow carbon nanospheres containing many small Pd nanoparticles on their inner surfaces. The materials exhibit high catalytic activity and selectivity as well as good recyclability in the catalytic oxidation of benzyl alcohol.

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Xin Du, Caixia Zhao, Xiaoyu Li, Hongwei Huang, Junhui He, Yongqiang Wen, Xueji Zhang
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., March 15, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201700203 Read article

Cover Picture: Crystal Engineering of a Two-Dimensional Lead-Free Perovskite with Functional Organic Cations by Second-Sphere Coordination (ChemPlusChem 5/2017)

Cover Picture: Crystal Engineering of a Two‐Dimensional Lead‐Free Perovskite with Functional Organic Cations by Second‐Sphere Coordination (ChemPlusChem 5/2017)

The cover picture shows the nice layered nature of the lead-free copper perovskite that contains a very long organic dication sandwiched between 2D sheets of copper halide. The building blocks (i.e., the metal anions and organic cations) have been self-assembled through second-sphere coordination interactions. The material shows near-UV/blue photoluminescence and is moisture stable. Details are given in the Communication by J. Martí-Rujas and A. Petrozza et al. on page 681 in Issue 5, 2017 (DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201600477).

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Daniele Cortecchia, Cesare Soci, Massimo Cametti, Annamaria Petrozza, Javier Martí-Rujas
ChemPlusChem, December 14, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1002/cplu.201600604 Read article

Crystal Engineering of a Two-Dimensional Lead-Free Perovskite with Functional Organic Cations by Second-Sphere Coordination

Crystal Engineering of a Two‐Dimensional Lead‐Free Perovskite with Functional Organic Cations by Second‐Sphere Coordination

Functional cations: A new two-dimensional Cu perovskite containing an optoelectronically active organic cation (orange in the figure) has been synthesized using second-sphere coordination interactions. The material shows near-UV/blue photoluminescence and is stable for months under ambient conditions.

[Communication]
Daniele Cortecchia, Cesare Soci, Massimo Cametti, Annamaria Petrozza, Javier Martí-Rujas
ChemPlusChem, November 10, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1002/cplu.201600477 Read article

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