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Anion Pairs Template a Trigonal Prism with Disilver Vertices

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John P. Carpenter, Charlie T. McTernan, Tanya K. Ronson, Jonathan R. Nitschke

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11409-11413
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number29
Published8 Jul 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: This work was supported by the European Research Council (695009) and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, EP/P027067/1). We thank the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Centre (Swansea, UK) for high resolution mass spectrometry and Diamond Light Source (UK) for synchrotron beamtime on I19 (MT15768). J.P.C. thanks the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant (642192). C.T.M. thanks the Leverhulme and Isaac Newton Trusts, and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge for Fellowship support. Publisher Copyright: © 2019 American Chemical Society. Copyright: Copyright 2019 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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Here we describe the formation of a trigonal prismatic cage, utilizing 2-formyl-1,8-naphthyridine subcomponents to bind pairs of silver(I) ions in close proximity. This cage is the first example of a new class of subcomponent self-assembled polyhedral structures having bimetallic vertices, as opposed to the single metal centers that typically serve as structural elements within such cages. Our new cage self-assembles around a pair of anionic templates, which are shown by crystallographic and solution-phase data to bind within the central cavity of the structure. Many different anions serve as competent templates and guests. Elongated dianions, such as the strong oxidizing agent peroxysulfate, also serve to template and bind within the cavity of the prism. The principle of using subcomponents that have more than one spatially close, but nonchelating, binding site may thus allow access to other higher-order structures with multimetallic vertices.

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