This ERC-StG proposal, OrgZeo, outlines a strategy for the synthesis, processing and application of charged, porous, covalent organic net- or frameworks, denoted “organic zeolites”. In analogy to their inorganic counterparts, organic zeolites should fulfil the following criteria: a) the material will possess small (nm-range) and accessible pores and consequently very high surface areas and pore volumes and b) the ionic group will be a supporting part of the network, while the counterions, needed to balance the net-charge will on the other hand be mobile and thus exchangeable. However, in contrast to common inorganic zeolites c) the entire or at least main parts of the material will be composed out of covalently bound organic matter, justifying the naming “organic zeolite”. The organic character of the samples will allow introduction of permanent and reversible, positive or negative network charges.
The target of this proposal is the introduction of the next generation of microporous materials combining the best properties of zeolites, MOFs, microporous polymers and polyelectrolytes. It is envisaged that the special architecture and chemical structure of the organic zeolites will further add entirely novel properties to these materials.
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