Applications of Dynamic Covalent Chemistry Concept toward Tailored Covalent Organic Framework Nanomaterials: A Review

by Hu, Jiyun; Gupta, Suraj K.; Ozdemir, John; Beyzavi, M. Hassan

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Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are a rapidly developing class of materials that have been of immense research interest during the last 10 years. Numerous reviews have been devoted to summarizing the synthesis and applications of COFs. However, the underlying dynamic covalent chemistry (DCC), which is the foundation of COF synthesis, has never been systematically reviewed in this context. Dynamic covalent chemistry is the practice of using thermodynamic equilibriums to molecular assemblies. This Critical Review will cover the state-of-the-art use of DCC to both synthesize COFs and expand the applications of COFs. Five synthetic strategies for COF synthesis are rationalized, namely, modulation, mixed linker/linkage, substoichiometric reaction, framework isomerism, and linker exchange, which highlight the dynamic covalent chemistry to regulate the growth and to modify the properties of COFs. Furthermore, the challenges in these approaches and potential future perspectives in the field of COF chemistry are also provided.

Journal
ACS Applied Nano Materials
Volume
3
Issue
7
Year
2020
Start Page
6239
ISBN/ISSN
2574-0970
DOI
10.1021/acsanm.0c01327