Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity derived from a carbocyclic analogue of Tröger's base

Mariolino Carta, C. Grazia Bezzu, James Vile, Benson M. Kariuki, Neil B. Mckeown

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Abstract

Tröger's base (TB) is often used as a building block for the synthesis of Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs) due to its rigid bicyclic V-shaped structure. In this study the TB component in the structure of a PIM is replaced by 2,3:6,7-dibenzobicyclo[3.3.1]nonane, a purely carbocyclic analogue of TB. This modification results in only a slightly reduced amount of microporosity as determined using nitrogen adsorption. Further comparisons with previously reported PIMs indicate that this building unit (and therefore TB) is significantly less effective for the generation of intrinsic microporosity than spirobisindane, a commonly used structural unit for PIM synthesis. It appears that the V-shape of the 2,3:6,7-dibenzobicyclo[3.3.1]nonane and TB units allows closer contact between polymer chains thereby enhancing packing efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolymer
Early online date17 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Apr 2017

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