Zhonghua Xiang, Dapeng Cao*
Three porous luminescent covalent–organic polymers (COPs) have been synthesized through self-polycondensation of the monomers of tris(4-bromophenyl)amine, 1,3,5-tris(4- bromophenyl)benzene, and 2,4,6-tris-(4-bromo-phenyl)-[1,3,5]triazine by using Ni-catalyzed Yamamoto reaction. All the COP materials possess not only high Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) specifi c surface area of about 2000 m 2 g − 1 , high hydrothermal stability, but also graphene-like layer texture. Interestingly, COP-3 and COP-4 show very fast responses and high sensitivity to the nitroaromatic explosives, and also high selectivity for tracing picric acid (PA) and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) at low concentration ( < 1 ppm). In short, the COPs may be a new kind of material for detecting explosives and small organic molecules.