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., ... 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