Solvent-assisted linker exchange (SALE) has recently emerged as an attractive strategy for the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that are unobtainable via traditional synthetic pathways. Herein we present the first example of selective SALE in which only the benzimiadazolate-containing linkers in a series of mixed-linker zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIF-69, -78, and -76) are replaced. The resultant materials (SALEM-10, SALEM-10b, and SALEM-11, respectively) are isostructural to the parent framework and in each case contain trifluoromethyl moieties. We therefore evaluated each of these materials for their hydrophobicity in condensed and gas phases. We expect that selective SALE will significantly facilitate the design of improved, and potentially complex, MOF materials with new and unusual properties.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry