Enhancing techniques that allow promising porous materials to unleash their potential
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to covalent organic frameworks (COFs). One of the most important emerging members of crystalline porous polymers, these highly ordered structures are made from molecular organic building blocks joined with reversible covalent bonds. This highly tuneable architecture leads to tremendous functionality. In addition, under a microscope, COFs resemble golf balls: they have lots of little caverns (perfect for "capturing" other molecules) that significantly increase surface area (enhancing the opportunities for interactions and chemical reactions). Taken together, these characteristics have generated demand for COFs in applications ranging from catalysis and gas adsorption/separation to optoelectricity. The EU-funded MagnifiCOF project is enhancing their processability to enable scientists and engineers to harness their full potential.
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