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Molecular Organic Crystals: From Barely Porous to Really Porous


  • We thank EPSRC for funding (EP/H000925). A.I.C. is a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award holder.


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Holey suitable crystals: A trisbenzimidazolone molecule self-assembles by hydrogen bonding to form a permanently porous crystal with an apparent surface area, SABET, of 2796 m2 g−1 (see scheme), demonstrating that extrinsic, intermolecular porosity is a viable strategy for highly porous materials.