The runner up author group includes Simil Thomas, Hong Li, Raghunath R. Dasari, Austin M. Evans, Ioannina Castano, Taylor G. Allen, Obadiah G. Reid, Garry Rumbles, William R. Dichtel, Nathan C. Gianneschi, Seth R. Marder, Veaceslav Coropceanu and Jean-Luc Brédas.
The results described in the article are the outcome of extensive collaborative undertakings under the umbrella of the Center for Advanced Two-dimensional Organic Networks (CATON). The work was initiated by joint computational design / synthetic efforts at Georgia Tech in the Bredas and Marder groups. In the next stage, thorough structural characterizations of the synthesized zinc-porphyrin COFs took place at Northwestern in the Dichtel and Gianneschi groups and involved powder X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and surface area analysis. Finally, steady-state and flash-photolysis time-resolved microwave conductivity measurements conducted in the Rumbles group at NREL were indicative of extended pi-conjugation in the zinc-porphyrin COF. It is only through such collaborative efforts that a comprehensive description was reached, pointing to pi-conjugated 2D COFs based on porphyrin cores and diacetylenic linkers as organic semiconductors with potentially record-high in-plane charge-carrier mobilities.