Mutual stabilisation between M II 4 L 6 tetrahedra and M II X 4 2− metallate guests

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  • Authors:
  • Imogen Riddell (Lead)
  • Tanya Ronson
  • Jonathan Nitschke (Corresponding)


A complex host–guest equilibrium employing metal ions incorporated into both the host and guest is discussed. MIIX42− metallate guests are shown to provide a good size and shape match for encapsulation within the M4L6 tetrahedral capsules, facilitating the generation of previously unreported Zn4L6 complexes. Displacement of the initial, primary template anion (ZnBr42−) by a secondary template anion (ClO4−) is shown to result in the formation of a pentagonal-prismatic Zn10L15 structure that incorporates both Br− and ClO4−. Furthermore, the formation of heterometallic complexes provides direct evidence for metal exchange between the guest and host complex.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3533-3537
JournalChemical Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2015