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
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Chen, Q., Sun, J., Li, P., Hod, I., Moghadam, P. Z., Kean, Z. S., Snurr, R. Q., Hupp, J. T., Farha, O. K., & Stoddart, J. F. (2016). A Redox-Active Bistable Molecular Switch Mounted inside a Metal-Organic Framework. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138(43), 14242-14245. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.6b09880