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Tracking the Superefficient Anion Exchange of a Dynamic Porous Material Constructed by Ag(I) Nitrate and Tripyridyltriazole via Multistep Single-Crystal to Single-Crystal Transformations

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posted on 07.02.2017, 00:00 by Cheng-Peng Li, Bo-Lan Liu, Lei Wang, Yue Liu, Jia-Yue Tian, Chun-Sen Liu, Miao Du
To avoid the instability and inefficiency for anion-exchange resins and layered double-hydroxides materials, we present herein a flexible coordination network [Ag­(L243)]­(NO3)­(H2O)­(CH3CN) (L243 = 3-(2-pyridyl)-4-(4-pyridyl)-5-(3-pyridyl)-1,2,4-triazole) with superefficient trapping capacity for permanganate, as a group-7 oxoanion model for radiotoxic pertechnetate pollutant. Furthermore, a high-throughput screening strategy has been developed based on concentration-gradient design principle to ascertain the process and mechanism for anion exchange. Significantly, a series of intermediates can be successfully isolated as the qualified crystals for single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The result evidently indicates that such a dynamic material will show remarkable breathing effect of the three-dimensional host framework upon anion exchange, which mostly facilitates the anion trapping process. This established methodology will provide a general strategy to discover the internal secrets of complicated solid-state reactions in crystals at the molecular level.