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Incorporating Electron-Deficient Bipyridinium Chromorphores to Make Multiresponsive Metal–organic Frameworks

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posted on 29.12.2017, 00:00 by Ning-Ning Yang, Jia-Jia Fang, Qi Sui, En-Qing Gao
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are versatile platforms to design switchable and sensory materials responsive to external stimulus. Copuling the electron-deficient bipyridinium chromorphore with the pore structures of MOFs is a nice strategy to design multiresponsive MOFs. Here we present a proof-of-concept study. Postsynthetic N,N′-cycloalkylation of UiO-67-bpy (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridyl) leads to a novel ionic MOF (UiO-67-DQ) functionalized by the electron-deficient diquat (DQ) chromophore. The combination of porosity, cationic character and electron deficiency imparts UiO-67-DQ with versatile responsive properties. It readily undergoes anion exchange, with selective ionochromism associated with charge-transfer (CT) complexation; it is electrochemically active and shows anion-dependent photochromism associated with radical formation through electron transfer (ET); the iono- and photochromism cause efficient luminescence quenching because of energy transfer (EnT) to CT complexes or radicals. The properties of UiO-67-MQ (MQ = N,N′-dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridylium) are also presented for comparison. The CT and ET effects and consequently the EnT efficiency in UiO-67-MQ are weaker than those in UiO-67-DQ because the electron-deficient character is weakened by the severe interannular twist in MQ2+. On the basis of the rich responsive properties, the MOFs are used as sensory and switching materials for facile discrimination of a range of anions, for quantitative detection of I, and for mimicking of logic operations ranging from simple logic gates to complex integrated logic circuits.