The material that breathes on command thanks to a molecular switch
Milan, July 09th 2020
The material breathes in and out on command by means of a switch. Interestingly, the porous framework breathes by capturing and releasing carbon dioxide only when it receives a luminous stimulus at a specific wavelength.
It is designed thanks to the collaboration of the research teams led by the Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa, and by Prof. Sander Wezenberg of the University of Groningen and by Prof. Angiolina Comotti, full professor of Industrial Chemistry of the Department of Materials Science of the University of Milan – Bicocca.
The research results “Modulation of porosity in a solid material enabled by bulk photoisomerization of an overcrowded alkene” (doi:10.1038/s41557-020-0493-5) have been recently published in the journal Nature Chemistry .