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A two-dimensional conjugated aromatic polymer via C-C coupling reaction

Liu, W and Luo, X and Bao, Y and Liu, YP and Ning, GH and Abdelwahab, I and Li, L and Nai, CT and Hu, ZG and Zhao, D and Liu, B and Quek, SY and Loh, KP (2017) A two-dimensional conjugated aromatic polymer via C-C coupling reaction. Nature Chemistry, 9. pp. 563-570. ISSN 1755-4330

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The fabrication of crystalline 2D conjugated polymers with well-defined repeating units and in-built porosity presents a significant challenge to synthetic chemists. Yet they present an appealing target because of their desirable physical and electronic properties. Here we report the preparation of a 2D conjugated aromatic polymer synthesized via C-C coupling reactions between tetrabromopolyaromatic monomers. Pre-arranged monomers in the bulk crystal undergo C-C coupling driven by endogenous solid-state polymerization to produce a crystalline polymer, which can be mechanically exfoliated into micrometre-sized lamellar sheets with a thickness of 1 nm. Isothermal gas-sorption measurements of the bulk material reveal a dominant pore size of ∼0.6 nm, which indicates uniform open channels from the eclipsed stacking of the sheets. When employed as an organic anode in an ambient-temperature sodium cell, the material allows a fast charge/discharge of sodium ions, with impressive reversible capacity, rate capability and stability metrics.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 05:59
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 10:01
DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2696