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Covalent Organic Frameworks

Yanan Gao

Hainan University

Prof. Gao is the vice director of the Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Tropical Island Resources, and a member of the Academic Committee in the School of Chemical Engineering and Technology at Hainan University. He served at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, and the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, as the principal investigator of the Chinese Ionic Liquids Lab. He is the winner of the “Hundred Talents Program”, and his h-index is 39.


Fei Lu

Hainan University

Prof. Fei Lu received her Ph.D. in Colloid and Interface Chemistry from Shandong University in 2015 and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Shandong University and the University of Waterloo. She is now a professor at the School of Chemical Engineering and Technology at Hainan University, and an author of more than 60 journal articles, reviews, and conference abstracts.


Building Blocks Skeleton Topology Structures of Pores Pore Interface Functionalization Reaction Types Synthetic Methods Variation of Catalysts COF Film Fabrication Adsorption and Separation Catalytic Systems Energy Storage Mass Transport

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Inspired by the fascinating molecular pores with unique biological functions in nature, artificial porous structures have attracted increasing research enthusiasm over the past decades. Although substantial achievements in porous materials have been realized, the construction of topologically designed pores is still challenging. Recently, the emergence of covalent organic frameworks (COFs), which are constructed based on organic and polymer chemistry, makes it possible to design artificial pores with controlled pore size, topology, and interface properties. COFs are crystalline porous materials constructed by the precise reticulation of organic building blocks via dynamic covalent bonds. Distinct from non-covalent interactions which tend to produce isostructures, the covalent bonds provide the possibility to design pores in an accurate way owing to the predetermined reaction pathways. In addition, the appropriate polycondensation of organic units enables the formation of extended 2D and 3D polymer architectures with periodically ordered skeletons and well-defined pores. Benefiting from their high surface area, tailorable structures, and tunable chemistry, COFs have been considered potentially superior candidates for various applications including gas adsorption and separation, catalysis, energy storage and conversion, optoelectronics, mass transport, and sensing. The focus of this book will be on the historic achievement of COFs to provide comprehensive yet clear guidance for researchers on structural design, synthetic protocols, and functional exploration.

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Yanan Gao

Hainan University

Prof. Yanan Gao received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 and doctorate degree in 2005 from Shandong University. Then he continued his research at Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems(2006-2008), University of Akron(2008-2009)and University of York(2009-2011)as a postdoctoral research fellow. In 2011, Prof. Gao jointed Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences as the principal investigator of Chinese Ionic Liquids Lab and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics-Queen’s University Joint Lab and the leader of Porous Organic Framework Material Group. Now Prof. Gao is the vice director of Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Tropical Island Resources, Ministry of Education and the member of Academic committee in School of Chemical Engineering and Technology in Hainan University. His current research interests focus on the design, synthesis and application of covalent organic frameworks (COFs).

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