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Structural design principles for self-assembled coordination polygons and polyhedra

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Strategies for the design of ligands that combine with metal ions to form high-symmetry coordination assemblies are reviewed. Evaluation of crystal structure evidence reveals that prior design approaches, based on the concept of complementary bonding vector angles, fail to predict the majority of known examples. After explaining the reasons for this failure, it is shown how an alternative approach, de novo structure-based design, provides a practical method that predicts a much wider range of component shapes encoded to direct the formation of such assemblies.

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The article was received on 25 Oct 2012, accepted on 06 Dec 2012 and first published on 20 Dec 2012


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC37776D
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 1354-1379
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    Structural design principles for self-assembled coordination polygons and polyhedra

    N. J. Young and B. P. Hay, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 1354
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CC37776D

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