Nanoparticles in Porous organic coordination compounds: from functional molecules to functional materials

Lately there has been a lot of effort to designing MOF building block materials with improved electric conductivity, towards their application in electronic devices. We propose to use a similar approach using porous organic cage crystals (POCs) which additionally offer an intrinsic pore structure and can also be used to grow oriented layers of a porous framework on different substrates of gold or silicon. Due to their stability in solution they can easily be processed by various deposition methods including the layer-by-layer technique that is successfully used for the deposition of SURMOFs. The aim is to enhance the electric conductivity post-synthetically by embedding conducting metal nanoparticles in the POCs’ pores. Our preliminary work on SURMOFs using a similar approach suggests that the electric conductivity could significantly be improved. Embedding electrically conductive metal nanoclusters in the pores of POCs makes these materials good candidates for the use as organic electronics towards device application. 

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