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Chem Commun (Camb). 2014 Feb 11;50(12):1444-6. doi: 10.1039/c3cc47723a.

Cu(I)-MOF: naked-eye colorimetric sensor for humidity and formaldehyde in single-crystal-to-single-crystal fashion.

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  • 1College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Key Laboratory of Molecular and Nano Probes, Engineering Research Center of Pesticide and Medicine Intermediate Clean Production, Ministry of Education, Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Clean Production of Fine Chemicals, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, People's Republic of China.


A porous Cu(I)-MOF was constructed from CuI and 1-benzimidazolyl-3,5-bis(4-pyridyl)benzene. This Cu(I)-MOF can be a highly sensitive naked-eye colorimetric sensor to successively detect water and formaldehyde species in a single-crystal-to-single-crystal fashion. Solid-state guest-responsive luminescence is also used to monitor the sensing process.

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