Cation-and anion-exchanges induce multiple distinct rearrangements within metallosupramolecular architectures

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  • External authors:
  • Tanya Ronson
  • Jack Clegg
  • Christopher Wood
  • Rana Bilbeisi
  • Jonathan Nitschke (Corresponding)


Different anionic templates act to give rise to four distinct CdII-based architectures: a Cd2L3 helicate, a Cd8L12 distorted cuboid, a Cd10L15 pentagonal prism, and a Cd12L18 hexagonal prism, which respond to both anionic and cationic components. Interconversions between architectures are driven by the addition of anions that bind more strongly within a given product framework. The addition of FeII prompted metal exchange and transformation to a Fe4L6 tetrahedron or a Fe10L15 pentagonal prism, depending on the anionic templates present. The equilibrium between the Cd12L18 prism and the Cd2L3 triple helicate displayed concentration dependence, with higher concentrations favoring the prism. The Cd12L18 structure serves as an intermediate en route to a hexafluoroarsenate-templated Cd10L15 complex, whereby the structural features of the hexagonal prism preorganize the system to form the structurally related pentagonal prism. In addition to the interconversion pathways investigated, we also report the single-crystal X-ray structure of bifluoride encapsulated within a Cd10L15 complex and report solution state data for J-coupling through a CH···F– hydrogen bond indicating the strength of these interactions in solution.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9491-9498
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number26
StatePublished - 2014