Excellent Crystallinity and Stability Covalent–Organic Frameworks with High Emission and Anions Sensing

Jieqiong Wan, Wei Shi, Yan Li, Yue Yu, Xiaohan Wu, Zhongping Li, Seung Yong Lee, Kyu Hyoung Lee

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Covalent–organic frameworks (COFs) are a new class of porous crystalline frameworks with high π-conjugation and periodical skeletons. The highly ordered π-conjugation structures in some COFs allow exciton migration and energy transfer over the frameworks, which leads to good fluorescence probing ability. In this work, two COFs (TFHPB-TAPB-COF and TFHPB-TTA-COF) are successfully condensed via the Schiff base condensation reaction. The intramolecular hydrogen bonds between imine bonds and hydroxyl groups form the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) strategy. Owing to intramolecular hydrogen bonds in the skeleton, the two COFs show high crystallinity, remarkable stability, and excellent luminescence. The COFs represent a good sensitivity and selectivity to fluoride anions via fluorescence turn-off. Other halogen anions (chloride, bromide, and iodine) and acid anions (nitrate and hydrogen carbonate) remain inactive. These results imply that only fluoride anion is capable of opening the hydrogen bond interaction and hence break the ESIPT strategy. The detection limit toward fluoride anion is down to nanomoles level, ranking the best performances among fluoride anion sensors systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2200393
JournalMacromolecular rapid communications
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF‐2019R1A6A1A11055660), National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51902195 and 21905293) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) KAKENHI (Grant number 21K14508).

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© 2022 Wiley-VCH GmbH.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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