Solid-state reactions have been rapidly gaining popularity in organic chemistry owing to their simplicity, efficiency, and selectivity compared to liquid-phase reactions. Herein, we describe the formation of superstructures through the solid-state reaction of an organic single-crystal. The superstructure of 5,5′,5′′-(1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triyl)triisophthalonitrile (TIPN) can be formed by cyclotrimerization of 1,3,5-tricyanobenzene (TCB) single crystals. The TIPN superstructure was confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction and visualized by transmission electron microscopy. The superstructure has hexagonally packed 1-dimensional (1D) channels along the crystal axis. Furthermore, the superstructure arises from interdigitated nitrile interactions in the crystal lattice, and thus has electron-beam tolerance and very high thermal stability.
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