Our new paper on the fabrication of pore-networked porous gels is finally on JACS!! This work was made by the amazing leadership of our postdoc fellow Zaoming Wang, who pushed powerful collaborations with Dr. Aydin Ozcan, Prof. Guillaume Maurin and Prof. Rocio Semino for computational simulations, Prof. Cara M Doherty for PALS, Prof. Kenji Urayama and Dr. Takuma Aoyama for rheology experiments, Kenji Horio, Prof. Masakazu Higuchi, Daria Poloneeva, Dr. Anastasiya Bavykina and Prof. Jorge Gascon for the CO2 sorption measurement, Prof. Ming-Shui Yao and Prof. Satoshi Horike for the ionic conductivity measurement.

Here we demonstrated the concept of “pore-networked gels” as a new class of porous materials, whose accessible microporosity is connected to each other in liquid media. To materialize this concept, we started by exchanging the solvent media in our RhMOP-based porous colloidal gels with ionic liquid, which is large enough not to enter the micropores in RhMOPs. By removing the synthetic solvent entrapped in the micropores by activation, we successfully created the pore-networked porous gels!

“Pore-Networked Gels: Permanently Porous Ionic Liquid Gels with Linked Metal–Organic Polyhedra Networks”
Zaoming Wang, Aydin Ozcan, Gavin A Craig, Frederik Haase, Takuma Aoyama, Daria Poloneeva, Kenji Horio, Masakazu Higuchi, Ming-Shui Yao, Cara M Doherty, Guillaume Maurin, Kenji Urayama, Anastasiya Bavykina, Satoshi Horike, Jorge Gascon, Rocio Semino, Shuhei Furukawa
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023145, 14456-14465. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c03778