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Supramolecular architectures based on p-cymene/ruthenium complexes functionalized with nucleobases

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The nucleophilic attack of a series of nucleobase derivatives on the [(η6-p-cymene)RuCl(μ-Cl)]2 dinuclear entity has yielded four mononuclear complexes with the general formula [Ru(η6-p-cymene)(L)Cl2], in which L stands for cytosine (1), 2-thiouracil (2), hypoxanthine (3) and 5-aminouracil (4). Furthermore, the sieving of chlorido from compound 1, assisted by a mild base, has prompted the formation of a tetranuclear ruthenium cationic complex which crystallizes as [(η6-p-cymene)4Ru4(μ-cytosinato-κN1:κN3,O2)4](CF3SO3)4 (compound 5). The crystal structure analysis of compounds 1–4 reveals that the supramolecular packing is dominated by the self-assembly capabilities provided by the stabilized nucleobase-tautomer, which is at the same time dependent on the Ru/nucleobase coordination mode. In this regard, the assembly of the complex units is conducted through base-pairing interactions, and is also assisted by means of nucleobase/chloride hydrogen bonding. The stability of these monomeric entities in water and phosphate buffered solution is analysed by means of 1H- and 31P-NMR. The tetranuclear entity of compound 5 presents an available hydrogen-donor set (exocyclic amino group) but it lacks any available acceptor atom, which prevents the nucleobase mediated self-assembly of the complex units. Consequently, a doubly interpenetrated supramolecular network is woven by the hydrogen bonding between the triflate (CF3SO3) anions and complex cationic entities.

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The article was received on 16 Aug 2017, accepted on 22 Sep 2017 and first published on 22 Sep 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01496A
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 6039-6048
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    Supramolecular architectures based on p-cymene/ruthenium complexes functionalized with nucleobases

    F. Sce, G. Beobide, O. Castillo, I. de Pedro, S. Pérez-Yáñez and E. Reyes, CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 6039
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01496A

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