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

Tanya K. Ronson, Julie Fisher, Lindsay P. Harding, Pierre J. Rizkallah, John E. Warren, Michaele 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 Pd 4 L 4 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 Pd 4 L 4 tetramers assemble into a hollow spheroid that closely resembles a stellated truncated hexahedron. © 2009 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)212-216
    Number of pages4
    JournalNature Chemistry
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


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