Catalytically-active porous assembly with dynamic pulsating motion for efficient exchange of products and reagents

Shanshan Wu, Liping Huang, Yu Hou, Xin Liu, Jehan Kim, Yongri Liang, Jiong Zhao, Liwei Zhang, Hongbing Ji, Myongsoo Lee, Zhegang Huang

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Despite recent advances in the use of porous materials as efficient heterogeneous catalysts which operate through effectively trapping reagents in a well-defined space, continuously uptaking reagents to substitute products in the cavity for efficient product turnover still remains challenging. Here, a porous catalyst is endowed with ‘breathing’ characteristics by thermal stimulus, which can enable the efficient exchange of reagents and products through reversible stacking from inflated aromatic hexamers to contracted trimeric macrocycles. The contracted super-hydrophobic tubular interior with pyridine environment exhibits catalytic activity towards a nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction by promoting interactions between concentrated reagents and active sites. Subsequent expansion facilitates the exchange of products and reagents, which ensures the next reaction. The strategy of mesoporous modification with inflatable transition may provide a new insight for construction of dynamic catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
JournalCommunications Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry


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