Humidity-Responsive ON/OFF Switching of Gas Inclusion by Using Cooperative Opening/Closing of Heterogeneous Crystalline Cavities in a Peptide NiII Macrocycle

Ryosuke Miyake, Chika Kuwata, Manami Ueno, Teppei Yamada

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Humidity-responsive ON/OFF switching of CO2 inclusion, associated with cooperative structural changes of heterogeneous cavities in crystalline peptide NiII macrocycles, 1⋅NO3, is demonstrated. The structural transformation between an “open form” and a “closed form” was caused by reversible water uptake into one of the cavities. The adsorption behavior of CO2 was studied with and without water vapor, combined with gas-composition analysis by using gas chromatography. The studies revealed that the open form of 1⋅NO3 adsorbs CO2 gas up to 34 g mol−1, whereas the closed form adsorbs only a negligible amount of CO2 gas. Also, structural studies (X-ray and IR spectroscopies) and investigation of water-content dependence of CO2 adsorption revealed that the switching of gas inclusion occurred abruptly over a narrow range of water-vapor pressure and was caused by the cooperative opening of vacant space to give the open form due to the structural transformation by water uptake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-797
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 19 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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