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Energy‐Efficient Iodine Uptake by a Molecular Host⋅Guest Crystal

Michel Giorgi
Didier Siri
Didier Gigmes
Mehdi Yemloul
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Anthony Kermagoret
Sophie Brasselet


Recently, porous organic crystals (POC) based on macrocycles have shown exceptional sorption and separation properties. Yet, the impact of guest presence inside a macrocycle prior to adsorption has not been studied. Here we show that the inclusion of trimethoxybenzyl-azaphosphatrane in the macrocycle cucurbit-[8]uril (CB[8]) affords molecular porous host•guest crystals (PHGC-1) with radically new properties. Unactivated hydrated PHGC-1 adsorbed iodine spontaneously and selectively at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. The absence of (i) heat for material synthesis, (ii) moisture sensitivity, and (iii) energy-intensive steps for pore activation are attractive attributes for decreasing the energy costs. 1 H NMR and DOSY were instrumental for monitoring the H 2 O/I 2 exchange. PHGC-1 crystals are non-centrosymmetric and I 2-doped crystals showed markedly different second harmonic generation (SHG), which suggests that iodine doping could be used to modulate the non-linear optical properties of porous organic crystals.
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hal-03871347 , version 1 (25-11-2022)




Xue Yang, Chunyang Li, Michel Giorgi, Didier Siri, Xavier Bugaut, et al.. Energy‐Efficient Iodine Uptake by a Molecular Host⋅Guest Crystal. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2022, 61 (49), pp.e202214039. ⟨10.1002/anie.202214039⟩. ⟨hal-03871347⟩
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