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Photoswitching to the core

The potential applications of smart photoswitchable porous materials are currently limited by incomplete switching. Now, efficient bulk switching has been achieved by embedding a photoisomerizable overcrowded alkene in a highly porous aromatic framework, creating a material capable of photomodulated gas uptake.

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Fig. 1: Schematic representation of photoisomerizable porous framework.


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Lee, JS.M., Sato, H. Photoswitching to the core. Nat. Chem. 12, 584–585 (2020).

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