Charge-transfer interactions between fullerenes and a mesoporous tetrathiafulvalene-based metal-organic framework

Manuel Souto, Joaquín Calbo, Samuel Mañas-Valero, Aron Walsh, Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas

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The design of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) incorporating electroactive guest molecules in the pores has become a subject of great interest in order to obtain additional electrical functionalities within the framework while maintaining porosity. Understanding the charge-transfer (CT) process between the framework and the guest molecules is a crucial step towards the design of new electroactive MOFs. Herein, we present the encapsulation of fullerenes (C60) in a mesoporous tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)-based MOF. The CT process between the electron-acceptor C60 guest and the electron-donor TTF ligand is studied in detail by means of different spectroscopic techniques and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Importantly, gas sorption measurements demonstrate that sorption capacity is maintained after encapsulation of fullerenes, whereas the electrical conductivity is increased by two orders of magnitude due to the CT interactions between C60 and the TTF-based framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1883-1893
Number of pages11
JournalBeilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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