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J Am Chem Soc. 2011 Jul 20;133(28):10885-91. doi: 10.1021/ja202228v. Epub 2011 Jun 28.

Reversible and selective O2 chemisorption in a porous metal-organic host material.

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  • 1School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.


The metal-organic host material [{Co(III)(2)(bpbp)(O(2))}(2)bdc](PF(6))(4) (1·2O(2); bpbp(-) = 2,6-bis(N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)aminomethyl)-4-tert-butylphenolato; bdc(2-) = 1,4-benzenedicarboxylato) displays reversible chemisorptive desorption and resorption of dioxygen through conversion to the deoxygenated Co(II) form [{Co(II)(2)(bpbp)}(2)bdc](PF(6))(4) (1). Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the host lattice 1·2O(2), achieved through desorption of included water guests from the as-synthesized phase 1·2O(2)·3H(2)O, consists of an ionic lattice containing discrete tetranuclear complexes, between which lie void regions that allow the migration of dioxygen and other guests. Powder X-ray diffraction analyses indicate that the host material retains crystallinity through the dioxygen desorption/chemisorption processes. Dioxygen chemisorption measurements on 1 show near-stoichiometric uptake of dioxygen at 5 mbar and 25 °C, and this capacity is largely retained at temperatures above 100 °C. Gas adsorption isotherms of major atmospheric gases on both 1 and 1·2O(2) indicate the potential suitability of this material for air separation, with a O(2)/N(2) selectivity factor of 38 at 1 atm. Comparison of oxygen binding in solution and in the solid state indicates a dramatic increase in binding affinity to the complex when it is incorporated in a porous solid.

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