Pore topology analysis in porous molecular systems

Anipa, V., Tarzia, A., Jelfs, K.E., Alexandrov, E.V. and Addicoat, M.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-5406-7927, 2023. Pore topology analysis in porous molecular systems. Royal Society Open Science, 10 (2): 220813. ISSN 2054-5703

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Porous molecular materials are constructed from molecules that assemble in the solid-state such that there are cavities or an interconnected pore network. It is challenging to control the assembly of these systems, as the interactions between the molecules are generally weak, and subtle changes in the molecular structure can lead to vastly different intermolecular interactions and subsequently different crystal packing arrangements. Similarly, the use of different solvents for crystallization, or the introduction of solvent vapour, can result in different polymorphs and pore networks being formed. It is difficult to uniquely describe the pore networks formed, and thus we analyse 1033 crystal structures of porous molecular systems to determine the underlying topology of their void spaces and potential guest diffusion networks. Material-agnostic topology definitions are applied. We use the underlying topological nets to examine whether it is possible to apply isoreticular design principles to porous molecular materials. Overall, our automatic analysis of a large dataset gives a general insight into the relationships between molecular topologies and the topological nets of their pore network. We show that while porous molecular systems tend to pack similarly to non-porous molecules, the topologies of their pore distributions resemble those of more prominent porous materials, such as metal–organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Royal Society Open Science
Creators: Anipa, V., Tarzia, A., Jelfs, K.E., Alexandrov, E.V. and Addicoat, M.A.
Publisher: The Royal Society
Date: February 2023
Volume: 10
Number: 2
ISSN: 2054-5703
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 16 Feb 2023 11:15
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2023 11:15
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/48313

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