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    Synthesis of 12-Connected Three-Dimensional Covalent Organic Framework with lnj Topology

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    The structural exploration of three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (3D COFs) is of great significance to the development of COF materials. Different from structurally diverse MOFs, which have a variety of connectivity (3–24), now the valency of 3D COFs is limited to only 4, 6, and 8. Therefore, the exploration of organic building blocks with higher connectivity is a necessary path to broaden the scope of 3D COF structures. Herein, for the first time, we have designed and synthesized a 12-connected triptycene-based precursor (triptycene-12-CHO) with 12 symmetrical distributions of aldehyde groups, which is also the highest valency reported until now. Based on this unique 12-connected structure, we have successfully prepared a novel 3D COF with lnj topology (termed 3D-lnj-COF). The as-synthesized 3D COF exhibits honeycomb main pores and permanent porosity with a Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area of 1159.6 m2 g–1. This work not only provides a strategy for synthesizing precursors with a high connectivity but also provides inspiration for enriching the variety of 3D COFs