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Porosity Properties of the Conformers of Sodalite-like Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks

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posted on 24.10.2018, 00:00 by Yejin Choi, Kyungkyou Noh, Jisu Lee, Jaheon Kim
The conformational isomers of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) can have their own unique porosity and structural stability. We report that a new sodalite-like ZIF (termed β-ZIF-65­(Zn)) is polymorphous with as the existing ZIF-65­(Zn) (Zn­(nIm)2, nIm = 2-nitroimidazolate) but has a different linker conformation in the six-membered rings of sodalite cages. This conformational isomerism leads to distinctive permanent porosity for each conformer, which has been verified by gas adsorption measurements. In addition, variable-temperature X-ray diffraction analyses indicate that β-ZIF-65­(Zn) is more resistant to displacive phase transitions than ZIF-65­(Zn). The activated β-ZIF-65­(Zn) conformer adsorbs 2.8 times more benzene than the activated ZIF-65­(Zn) at P/P0 = 0.3 and 298 K. This work suggests that other types of ZIF conformers can be discovered.