Special Issue "Coordination Polymers: Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Multifunctional Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Andrei S. Potapov
Guest Editor
Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesTomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia
Interests: nitrogen ligands; metal-organic frameworks; luminescence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coordination polymers are constructed from metal ions and bridging ligands, which join them into infinite 1D chains or 2D and 3D networks. Chemistry coordination polymers is a vibrant field of modern science, which is confirmed by an exponential increase in the number of scientific articles, reviews, and thematic issues in the best journals. A wide variety of possible coordination arrangements of metal ions and geometries of linkers provides almost unlimited possibilities for constructing coordination polymers of various topologies. The functional properties of coordination polymers can be modified by introducing various functional groups into organic linkers, which affect sorption, catalytic, photophysical, and other properties. The presence of a developed system of pores and channels in the structure of coordinatin polymers provides high values of sorption capacity and selectivity for industrially important gases and their mixtures—hydrogen, carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, ethane, ethylene, and acetylene. Another important characteristic of coordination polymers is their luminescent properties, which can be associated with various types of electronic transitions—intraligand, metal-centered, metal–ligand, and ligand–metal charge transfer. Electronic transitions in guest molecules included in the pores of the framework are also possible. The photophysical properties of coordination polymers are used to create electroluminescent materials for LEDs, as contrast agents in biomedical imaging, theranostics, and photodynamic therapy.

The aim of current Specail Issue is to cover various aspects of the synthesis, structural characterization, and study of functinal properties of both inorganic and metal-organic coordination polymers. It is our pleasure to invite you to submitt communications, full papers, and reviews for this Special Issue.

Prof. Andrei S. Potapov
Guest Editor

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  • coordination network
  • metal-organic framework
  • catalysis
  • luminescence
  • topology
  • gas sorption
  • coordination polymer

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Transition Metal Coordination Polymers with Trans-1,4-Cyclohexanedicarboxylate: Acidity-Controlled Synthesis, Structures and Properties
Materials 2020, 13(2), 486; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13020486 - 19 Jan 2020
Five trans-1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylate (chdc2−) metal–organic frameworks of transition metals were synthesized in aqueous systems. A careful control of pH, reaction temperature and solvent composition were shown to direct the crystallization of a particular compound. Isostructural [Co(H2O)4(chdc)]n ( [...] Read more.
Five trans-1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylate (chdc2−) metal–organic frameworks of transition metals were synthesized in aqueous systems. A careful control of pH, reaction temperature and solvent composition were shown to direct the crystallization of a particular compound. Isostructural [Co(H2O)4(chdc)]n (1) and [Fe(H2O)4(chdc)]n (2) consist of one-dimensional hydrogen-bonded chains. Compounds [Cd(H2O)(chdc)]n∙0.5nCH3CN (3), [Mn4(H2O)3(chdc)4]n (4) and [Mn2(Hchdc)2(chdc)]n (5) possess three-dimensional framework structures. The compounds 1, 4 and 5 were further characterized by magnetochemical analysis, which reveals paramagnetic nature of these compounds. A presence of antiferromagnetic exchange at low temperatures is observed for 5 while the antiferromagnetic coupling in 4 is rather strong, even at ambient conditions. The thermal decompositions of 1, 4 and 5 were investigated and the obtained metal oxide (cubic Co3O4 and MnO) samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Full article
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1. Title: Coordination polymers based on highly emissive ligands: structure and functional properties

Author: Prof. Andrei S. Potapov

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