Multivalent Crown Ether Receptors Enable Allosteric Regulation of Anion Exchange in an Fe4 L6 Tetrahedron.
Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
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von Krbek Promel, L., Roberts, D., Pilgrim, B., Schalley, C. A., & Nitschke, J. (2018). Multivalent Crown Ether Receptors Enable Allosteric Regulation of Anion Exchange in an Fe4 L6 Tetrahedron.. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 57 (43), 14121-14124. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201808534
We report a strategy for regulating the rate of internally bound anion exchange within an Fe4 L6 metal-organic tetrahedron through external coordination of tripodal tris(alkylammonium) cations. The cage features three flexible 18-crown-6 receptors at each of its FeII vertices, facilitating strong tritopic interactions with tris(ammonium) cations to "cap" the vertices of the tetrahedron. This capping mechanism restricts the flexibility of the cage framework, thereby reducing the rate of anion exchange within its central cavity by 20-fold. Thus, we demonstrate the first use of an externally bound multivalent effector to allosterically control internal guest binding in a molecular cage.
UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC EP/P027067/1), the European Research Council (695009), and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB 765)
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (RF478/2016)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/P027067/1)
European Research Council (695009)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201808534
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/285366