Indium Phosphite-Based Porous Solids Exhibiting Organic Sensing and a Facile Route to Superhydrophobicity

Yu Tzu Chang, Sheng Han Lo, Chia Her Lin*, Ling I. Hung, Sue Lein Wang

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In searching for practical crystalline porous solids, two unique hybrid materials with featured functions, In-bpy and In-dpe, were prepared without deliberately designed organic linker units or complex post-modification procedures. Composed of oxalate-embedded metal phosphite (MPO) sheets and bipyridyl-type ligands of varied molecular lengths, they show a common pillar-layered topology but are the first well-characterized organo-MPOs to possess genuine porosity, substantiated by CO2 adsorption, and structural stability under harsh conditions. In-bpy exhibits a turn-on fluorescence signal when in contact with p-xylene, making it the first MPO-based sensing material with selectivity and recyclability. Furthermore, In-dpe demonstrates a facile and unprecedented route to the superhydrophobicity of porous solids via a [2+2] photocycloaddition reaction between linker and foreign units. Our findings suggest that MPO may serve as a promising platform for hybrid frameworks to create many more functional porous materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12474-12479
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 27
Externally publishedYes


  • gas absorption
  • metal phosphite
  • organic sensing
  • pillar-layered structure
  • superhydrophobicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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