A Tri-Phase Sorting System: Coordination Cages in Ionic Liquids
Bollinger, Jeanne L
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (English)
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Grommet, A., Bollinger, J. L., Browne, C., & Nitschke, J. (2015). A Tri-Phase Sorting System: Coordination Cages in Ionic Liquids. Angewandte Chemie International Edition (English), 54 15100-15104. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201505774
Host-guest chemistry is usually carried out in either water or organic solvents. To investigate the utility of alternative solvents, three different coordination cages were dissolved in neat ionic liquids. By using ¹⁹F NMR to observe the presence of free and bound guest molecules, all three cages were demonstrated to be stable and capable of encapsulating guests in ionic solution. Different cages were found to preferentially dissolve in different phases, allowing for the design of a tri-phase sorting system. Within this system, three coordination cages, Fe₄L₆ 2, Fe₈L₁₂ 3, and Fe₄L₄ 4, each segregated into a distinct layer. Upon the addition of a mixture of three different guests, each cage (in each separate layer) selectively bound its preferred guest.
coordination cages, host-guest systems, supramolecular chemistry, encapsulation, ionic liquid
This work was supported by the European Research Council (259352). We also thank the Cambridge Chemistry NMR service for experimental assistance.
European Research Council (259352)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201505774
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/251256