Facile Fabrication of a Multifunctional Metal-Organic Framework-based Sensor Exhibiting Exclusive Solvochromic Behaviors toward Ketone Molecules. Academic Article uri icon


  • To probe the efficient strategy for preparing a multifunctional sensing material, the facile synthesis strategies and successful examples are urgently required. Through the utilization of a hexadentate ligand derived from cyclotriphosphazene, which displays spiral configurations and multiple connection modes, a novel metal-organic framework (MOF) was constructed via one-step synthesis from low-cost raw materials. The presence of multiple interaction sites decorating the helical channels of the reported MOF gives rise to exclusive solvochromic-sensing behavior for small ketone molecules such as acetone, acetophenone, and 2,5-diketohexane. Additionally, the helical structure of a manganese-carboxylate chain allows for the pore volume not only be available for the adsorption of large organic molecules but also enables the enantiopure selective separation of 1-phenylethanol (ee 35.99 %). Furthermore, the structural analysis of the acetophenone-encapsulated sample allowed the solvochromic mechanism to be elucidated, which should be ascribed to the strong hydrogen-bonding interaction between the guest molecules and specific sites on a host matrix. The experimental results have not only clearly manifested the vital role of starting materials of MOFs, including the connection modes and spatial configuration, but also have provided very valuable insight for the future assembly of novel multifunctional sensing materials.

published proceedings

  • ACS Appl Mater Interfaces

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, B., Chen, X. i., Hu, P., Kirchon, A., Zhao, Y., Pang, J., Zhang, T., & Zhou, H.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Li, Bao||Chen, Xi||Hu, Peng||Kirchon, Angelo||Zhao, Yu-Meng||Pang, Jiandong||Zhang, Tianle||Zhou, Hong-Cai

publication date

  • February 2019