Star-burst Prisms and Coordination Polymers

Michaele Hardie, Christopher Carruthers, Julie Fisher, Lindsay Harding, James Henkelis, Marc Little, Tanya Ronson, Christopher Sumby, Aleem Westcott

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Pyramidal ligands based on the cyclotriveratrylene (=CTV) host have rigid molecular cavities. These ligands can form either discrete or polymeric metal-ligand systems, thus creating metallo-supramolecular assemblies or coordination polymers with specific molecular recognition sites. The pyramidal shape of these ligands results in assemblies with distinctive “star-burst” shapes or stellated polyhedra. Discrete metallo-supramolecular assemblies or “star-burst” prisms with these ligands include [MnL2] 2+ capsules;[2] different types of [Ag4L4] 4+ tetrahedra;[1,2] and a series of giant [Pd6L8] 12+ stella octangulas (pictured below). A further, and unexpected, trend in this chemistry is the formation of topologically non-trivial assemblies. Capsules forming triply interlocked [2]catenanes have been found with 2,2’-bipyridine or 3-pyridyl derived ligands;[3] and a [Pd4(NO3)2(H2O)2L4] 6+ “Solomon’s cube” assembly has a unique molecular topology akin to a self entangled cube.[4] The pyramidal shape of the ligands also leads to both known and unusual topologies within coordination polymers,[2,5] including chains or nets of linked capsules, 2D nets of 4.82 topology, and highly complicated and unusual 3D networks, amongst others. The structural and some solutions chemistry of these supramolecular assemblies and coordination polymers will be presented.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberFA4-MS34-T01
Pages (from-to)s86
Number of pages1
JournalActa Crystallographica
Issue numberSupplement
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010
Event26th European Crystallography Meeting - Darmstadt, Germany
Duration: 29 Aug 20102 Sep 2010
Conference number: 26

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