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Monitoring helical twists and effective molarities in dinuclear triple-stranded lanthanide helicates

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Abstract

The replacement of terminal benzimidazolepyridine binding units in the neutral di-tridentate segmental ligand L1 with phenanthroline in L10 reduces the number of torsional degrees of freedom by two units. Reactions of these ligands with trivalent europium or lutetium cations yield structurally similar self-assembled dinuclear triple-stranded [Ln2(Lkkk)3]6+ complexes, thus demonstrating that the increased rigidity of the strand in L10 is compatible with its helical twist. With the larger lanthanum cations, the metallic coordination spheres are completed with two terminal axial triflate counter-anions to give [La2(L10)3(CF3SO3)2]4+. Thermodynamic investigations in acetonitrile confirm the minor constraints produced by the planar phenanthroline unit in L10 leading to comparable effective molarities EMEu,L1L1L1 ≈ EMEu,L10L10L10 = 10−3.9(4) M with mid-range EuIII cations. The striking minute effective molarities EMLn,LnLnLn-2H ≈ 10−6–10−9 M obtained upon the replacement of terminal phenanthrolines with structurally analogous fused hydroxyquinolines in L9 can be thus unambiguously assigned to solvation effects, a new tool for controlling complexity in metal-induced self-assembly processes.

Graphical abstract: Monitoring helical twists and effective molarities in dinuclear triple-stranded lanthanide helicates

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The article was received on 09 Apr 2013, accepted on 29 Apr 2013 and first published on 30 Apr 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3DT50941A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2013,42, 11047-11055
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    Monitoring helical twists and effective molarities in dinuclear triple-stranded lanthanide helicates

    P. E. Ryan, L. Guénée and C. Piguet, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 11047
    DOI: 10.1039/C3DT50941A

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