D. Zhao, P.K. Thallapally, C. Petit, J. Gascon
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 7 (9), pp. 7997-7998, (2019)
Porosity is inherent in nature and can be found in rocks, soils, biological tissue, and zeolites. Exploitation of porosity in materials has permitted diverse applications such as filtration, separation, sensing, and petrochemicals. The exquisite control over the order and functionality of porous structures allows the tailoring of materials for challenging applications. This tunability is facilitated by the expanding utilization of structure-encoding molecular building blocks to impose local and extended order in porous materials. The study of advanced porous materials (APMs), encompassing metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), porous organic polymers (POPs), and others, has progressed rapidly in the past few decades. On the applications front, APMs have the potential to redefine numerous domains related to energy and environment. However, the synthesis of remarkably complex functional structures requires potentially elaborate synthetic procedures deserving careful sustainability and life-cycle analyses. In this Virtual Special Issue “Advanced Porous Materials: Design, Synthesis, and Applications in Sustainability” in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, over 40 articles, letters, and perspectives have been curated to evoke a cradle-to-grave outlook on the applications and synthetic methods of APMs (http://axial.acs.org/2019/05/06/advanced-porous-materials). A brief overview of research topics covered by this issue is presented below.