Hydrogels: Coordination driven gelation
Nature Chemistry 7, 681 
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Molecular sensors: Spoiler alert
Nature Chemistry 7, 466 
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The electronic, optical and magnetic consequences of delocalization in multifunctional donor-acceptor organic polymers

Two organic polymers containing alternating electron donating triarylamine and electron accepting thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole (TzTz) moieties have been synthesized and their redox states investigated. When donor and acceptor units are proximal (polymer 1), electron density is delocalized, leading to a small electrical and optical band gap; these are larger with the inclusion of an adjoining alkynyl-phenyl bridge (polymer 2), where electron density is more localized due to the rotation of the monomer units. As a result, 1 and 2 display different optical and fluorescence properties in their neutral states. Upon chemical and electrochemical redox reactions, radicals form in both 1 and 2, yielding magnetic materials that display temperature independent paramagnetism, attributable to delocalization of radical spins along the polymeric backbones. The ability to convert between diamagnetic and paramagnetic states upon chemical oxidation and/or reduction allows for the materials to display switchable magnetism and fluorescence, imparting multifunctionality to these solid-state purely organic materials.

Nanomedicine: MOFs deliver
Nature Chemistry 7, 270–271 (2015) doi:10.1038/nchem.2229
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Experimental and Computational Studies of a Multi-Electron Donor–Acceptor Ligand Containing the Thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole Core and its Incorporation into a Metal–Organic Framework

A ligand containing the thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole (TzTz) core (acceptor) with terminal triarylamine moieties (donors), N,N′-(thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole-2,5-diylbis(4,1-phenylene))bis(N-(pyridine-4-yl)pyridin-4-amine (1), was designed as a donor–acceptor system for incorporation into electronically active metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). The capacity for the ligand to undergo multiple sequential oxidation and reduction processes was examined using UV/Vis-near-infrared spectroelectrochemistry (UV/Vis-NIR SEC) in combination with DFT calculations. The delocalized nature of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) was found to inhibit charge-transfer interactions between the terminal triarylamine moieties upon oxidation, whereas radical species localized on the TzTz core were formed upon reduction. Conversion of 1 to diamagnetic 2+ and 4+ species resulted in marked changes in the emission spectra. Incorporation of this highly delocalized multi-electron donor–acceptor ligand into a new two-dimensional MOF, [Zn(NO3)2(1)] (2), resulted in an inhibition of the oxidation processes, but retention of the reduction capability of 1. Changes in the electrochemistry of 1 upon integration into 2 are broadly consistent with the geometric and electronic constraints enforced by ligation.