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Boronic acids as building blocks for construction of molecular nanostructures and polymeric materials

Boronic acids as building blocks for construction of molecular nanostructures and polymeric materials

Objective

This project describes the design and syntheses of new classes of boron-based compounds such as macrocycles, cages, and polymers, made by multicomponent self-assembly through simultaneous condensation of boronic acids with other molecular building blocks. The central goal is the formation of new materials with high porosity and low crystal density. Molecularly defined compounds such as macrocycles and cages can form porous solid state structures upon removal of encapsulated guest molecules (e.g. residual solvent molecules). Similarly, 2- and 3-dimensional polymeric networks may form porous structures if the geometry and the rigidity of the molecular building blocks are correctly chosen. Compared to classical approaches, which involve transition metals, our materials will display rather low densities because we will exclusively use molecules composed of light elements such as B, C, N, and H. This should result in intrinsic advantages for potential applications (e.g. gas storage).
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Coordinator

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Address

Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 181 970,80

Administrative Contact

Kay Severin (Prof.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 252716

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    31 January 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 181 970,80

  • EU contribution

    € 181 970,80

Coordinated by:

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland