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A Pd-24 Pregnant Molecular Nanoball: Self-Templated Stellation by Precise Mapping of Coordination Sites

Bhat, Imtiyaz Ahmad and Samanta, Dipak and Mukherjee, Partha Sarathi (2015) A Pd-24 Pregnant Molecular Nanoball: Self-Templated Stellation by Precise Mapping of Coordination Sites. In: JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 137 (29). pp. 9497-9502.

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We found that Pd(II) ion (M) and the smallest 120 bidentate donor pyrimidine (L-a) self-assemble into a mononuclear M(L-a)(4) complex (1a) instead of the expected smallest M-12(L-a)(24) molecular ball (1), presumably due to the weak coordination nature of the pyrimidine. To construct such a pyrimidine bridged nanoball, we employed a new donor tris(4-(pyrimidin-5-yl)phenyl)amine (L); which upon selective complexation with Pd(II) ions resulted in the formation of a pregnant M24L24 molecular nanoball (2) consisting of a pyrimidine-bridged Pd-12 baby-ball supported by a Pd-12 larger mother-ball. The formation of the baby-ball was not successful without the support of the mother-ball. Thus, we created an example of a self-assembly where the inner baby-ball resembling to the predicted M-12(L-a)(24) ball (1) was incarcerated by the giant outer mother-ball by means of geometrical constraints. Facile conversion of the pregnant ball 2 to a smaller M-12(L-b)(24) ball 3 with dipyridyl donor was achieved in a single step.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 06:01
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 06:01
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52291

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