Isoreticular two-dimensional magnetic coordination polymers prepared through pre-synthetic ligand functionalization

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Chemical functionalization is a powerful approach to tailor the physical and chemical properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials, increase their processability and stability, tune their functionalities and, even, create new 2D materials. This is typically achieved through post-synthetic functionalization by anchoring molecules on the surface of an exfoliated 2D crystal, but it inevitably alters the long-range structural order of the material. Here we present a pre-synthetic approach that allows the isolation of crystalline, robust and magnetic functionalized monolayers of coordination polymers. A series of five isostructural layered magnetic coordination polymers based on Fe(ii) centres and different benzimidazole derivatives (bearing a Cl, H, CH3, Br or NH2 side group) were first prepared. On mechanical exfoliation, 2D materials are obtained that retain their long-range structural order and exhibit good mechanical and magnetic properties. This combination, together with the possibility to func-tionalize their surface at will, makes them good candidates to explore magnetism in the 2D limit and to fabricate mechanical resonators for selective gas sensing.




López-Cabrelles, J., Mañas-Valero, S., Vitórica-Yrezábal, I. J., Bereciartua, P. J., Rodríguez-Velamazán, J. A., Waerenborgh, J. C., … Coronado, E. (2018). Isoreticular two-dimensional magnetic coordination polymers prepared through pre-synthetic ligand functionalization. Nature Chemistry, 10(10), 1001–1007.

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