The highly rigid molecular structure of Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM) – associated with a high thermolysis threshold – combined with the possibility to fill intrinsic micropores allows the direct “one-step” templated conversion of metal nitrates into nano-structured metal oxides. This is demonstrated here with PIM-EA-TB and with PIM-1 for the conversion of Pr(NO3)3 to Pr6O11.
Al Kutubi, H., Rassaei, L., Olthuis, W., Nelson, G. W., Foord, J. S., Holdway, P., Carta, M., Malpass-evans, R., Mckeown, N. B., Tsang, S. C., Castaing, R., Forder, T. R., Jones, M. D., He, D., & Marken, F. (2015). Polymers of intrinsic microporosity as high temperature templates for the formation of nanofibrous oxides. RSC Advances, 5(89), 73323-73326. https://doi.org/10.1039/C5RA15131G