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Controlled self-sorting in self-assembled cage complexes

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In this frontier article we highlight recent advances in subcomponent self-sorting in self-assembled metal–ligand cage complexes, with a focus on selective discrimination between ligands that contain highly similar metal-coordinating groups. Effects such as varying ligand length, coordination angle and backbone flexibility, as well as the introduction of secondary weak forces such as hydrogen bonds can be exploited to favor either narcissistic or social self-sorting. We highlight these creative solutions, and emphasize the challenges that remain in the development of functional self-assembled heterocomplexes.

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The article was received on 12 Sep 2017, accepted on 04 Oct 2017 and first published on 04 Oct 2017

Article type: Frontier
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03399K
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 14719-14723
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    Controlled self-sorting in self-assembled cage complexes

    L. R. Holloway, P. M. Bogie and R. J. Hooley, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 14719
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03399K

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