Stellated polyhedral assembly of a topologically complicated Pd 4 L 4 Solomon cube

T.K. Ronson, J. Fisher, L.P. Harding, P.J. Rizkallah, J.E. Warren, M.J. Hardie

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Metallosupramolecular chemistry relies on self-assembly processes in which complicated species form through labile dative-covalent interactions. Two remarkable areas of this chemistry are the synthesis of topologically complicated threaded assemblies and of three-dimensional (3D) polyhedral assemblies. Very few polyhedral 3D metallosupramolecular assemblies show threaded motifs within them. Here we report an example of a new type of threaded 3D metallosupramolecular assembly built from four organic ligands and four palladium ions, a Pd4L4 so-called ‘Solomon's cube’ in which interweaving and twisting of the ligands form both Solomon's links and figure-of-eight ring motifs. In the solid state, six of these Pd4L4 tetramers assemble into a hollow spheroid that closely resembles a stellated truncated hexahedron.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-216
Number of pages5
JournalNature Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2009


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