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Chemical reaction within a compact non-porous crystal containing molecular clusters without the loss of crystallinity

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The very rare occurrence of a gas–solid chemical reaction has been found to take place on a molecule within a compact non-porous crystal without destroying its long-range structural order and retaining similar crystal structures when yellow crystals of FeII4(mbm)4Cl4(MeOH)4 were exposed to air to give black [FeIII4(mbm)4Cl4(OH)4]·2H2O. The latter cannot be synthesised directly. The original cluster underwent an exchange of methanol to hydroxide, an oxidation of Fe(II) to Fe(III), a change in stereochemistry and hydration while the packing and space-group remained unaltered.

Graphical abstract: Chemical reaction within a compact non-porous crystal containing molecular clusters without the loss of crystallinity

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The article was received on 07 Mar 2017, accepted on 16 Jun 2017 and first published on 19 Jun 2017


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SC01041A
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2017, Advance Article
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    Chemical reaction within a compact non-porous crystal containing molecular clusters without the loss of crystallinity

    M. Zhang, T. Yang, Z. Wang, X. Ma, Y. Zhang, S. M. Greer, S. A. Stoian, Z. Ouyang, H. Nojiri, M. Kurmoo and M. Zeng, Chem. Sci., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7SC01041A

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