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The vapochromic and chemiresistive properties of a nanofibrillar molecular material composed of an amphiphilic ZnII Schiff-base complex, 1, are explored with the aim to obtain new materials with multifunctional properties. The solid 1 is characterized by the existence of two stable dimorphs, both exhibiting a nanofibrillar morphology. The thermal annealing of the ground solid 1 induces an irreversible lamellar-to-square columnar structural phase transition, as assessed by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction analysis. When exposed to vapours of a Lewis base, spin coated films of the square columnar dimorph exhibit a marked change of both the optical absorption spectrum and the resistance, because of chemisorption of the Lewis base with the formation of 1·Lewis base adducts. The chemisorbed material is easily restored by thermal heating (150 °C), inducing desorption of the Lewis base. The …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2018

Ivan Pietro Oliveri, Graziella Malandrino, Salvo Mirabella

Biblio References: 
Volume: 47 Issue: 44 Pages: 15977-15982
Dalton Transactions