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Self-assembly of molecular ions via like-charge ion interactions and through-space defined organic domains

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Abstract

Reaction stoichiometry, dynamic light scattering, and DFT are used to explore tertiary ammonium bicarbonates that exist as ideal solutes and those that self-assemble. Self-assembling tertiary amines featured organic surfaces beyond a through-space defined sphere around the charge center. Like-charge hydrogen-bonded ion pairs (or anti-electrostatic hydrogen bonding (AEHB)) also play a role in the self-assembly and provide the first evidence of this bonding motif by bicarbonate in aqueous solution. A single crystal neutron structure of a tertiary ammonium bicarbonate featuring a bicarbonate dimer is presented.

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The article was received on 16 Aug 2017, accepted on 15 Sep 2017 and first published on 15 Sep 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC06401B
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017, Advance Article
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    Self-assembly of molecular ions via like-charge ion interactions and through-space defined organic domains

    J. S. McNally, X. P. Wang, C. Hoffmann and A. D. Wilson, Chem. Commun., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CC06401B

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