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Subtle Ligand Modification Inverts Guest Binding Hierarchy in M(II)8L6 Supramolecular Cubes.

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Ramsay, William J 
Rizzuto, Felix J 
Ronson, Tanya K 
Caprice, Kenji 
Nitschke, Jonathan R 


Zinc(II), a dimolybdenum(II) paddlewheel tetramine A, and 2-formylpyridine self-assembled to generate a cubic Zn(II)8(L(A))6 assembly. The paddlewheel faces of this assembly exhibited two distinct conformations, whereas the analogous Fe(II)8(L(A))6 framework displayed no such perturbation to its structure. This variation in behavior is attributed to the subtle difference in ligand rotational freedom between the Zn(II)- and Fe(II)-cornered cubes. The incorporation of a fluorinated Mo(II)2 paddlewheel, B, into analogous Zn(II)8(L(B))6 and Fe(II)8(L(B))6 structures resulted in changes to the rotational dynamics of the ligands. These differing dynamics perturbed the energies of the frontier orbitals of these structures, as determined through spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. The result of these perturbations was an inversion of the halide binding preference of the Zn(II)8(L(B))6 host as compared to its Zn(II)8(L(A))6 congener, whereas the Fe(II)8(L(B))6 host maintained a similar binding hierarchy to Fe(II)8(L(A))6.



0306 Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural)

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J Am Chem Soc

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American Chemical Society (ACS)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K039520/1)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/M008258/1)
Seventh Framework Programme