Dipolar rotors orderly aligned in mesoporous fluorinated organosilica architectures

Silvia Bracco, Mario Beretta, Alice Silvia Cattaneo, Angiolina Comotti, Andrea Falqui, Ke Zhao, Charles T. Rogers, Piero Sozzani

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New mesoporous covalent frameworks, based on hybrid fluorinated organosilicas, were prepared to realize a periodic architecture of fast molecular rotors containing dynamic dipoles in their structure. The mobile elements, designed on the basis of fluorinated p-divinylbenzene moieties, were integrated into the robust covalent structure through siloxane bonds, and showed not only the rapid dynamics of the aromatic rings (ca. 108 Hz at 325 K), as detected by solid-state NMR spectroscopy, but also a dielectric response typical of a fast dipole reorientation under the stimuli of an applied electric field. Furthermore, the mesochannels are open and accessible to diffusing in gas molecules, and rotor mobility could be individually regulated by I2 vapors. The iodine enters the channels of the periodic structure and reacts with the pivotal double bonds of the divinyl-fluoro-phenylene rotors, affecting their motion and the dielectric properties. Oriented molecular rotors: Fluorinated molecular rotors (see picture) were engineered in mesoporous hybrid organosilica architectures with crystalline order in their walls. The rotor dynamics was established by magic angle spinning NMR and dielectric measurements, indicating a rotational correlation time as short as 10-9 s at 325 K. The dynamics was modulated by I2 vapors entering the pores.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4773-4777
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number16
StatePublished - Feb 16 2015

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: A.C. would like to thank PRIN 2011 and Cariplo Foundation 2012. K.Z. and C.R. gratefully acknowledge financial support from the US National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research, through grant number DMR-1409981.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis


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