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Multifunctional Coordination Polymer Exhibiting Reversible Mechanical Motion Allowing Selective Uptake of Guests and Leading to Enhanced Electrical Conductivity

Robert W Elliott, Ashley L Sutton, Brendan F Abrahams, Deanna M D'Alessandro, Lars Goerigk, Carol Hua, Timothy A Hudson, Richard Robson, Keith F White



A remarkably flexible, multifunctional, 2D coordination polymer exhibiting an unprecedented mode of reversible mechanical motion, enabling pores to open and close, is reported. Such multifunctional materials are highly sought after, owing to the potential to exploit coexisting electronic and mechanical functionalities that underpin useful technological applications such as actuators and ultrasensitive detectors. The coordination polymer, of composition Mn(F4TCNQ)(py)2 (F4TCNQ = 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracycanoquinodimethane; py = pyridine), consists of Mn(II) centers bridged by F4TCNQ dianions and coordinated by py molecules that extend above and below the 2D network. Exposure of Mn(F..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Support by the Australian Research Council is gratefully acknowledged (Grants DP150100570, FT170100283, and DP180101413). R.W.E. and A. L.S. thank the Australian Government for an Australian Postgraduate Award. This research was undertaken with the assistance of resources and services from the National Computational Infrastructure, within the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (Project fk5). Part of this work was undertaken on the MX1 and Powder Diffraction Beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron.