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Chemical bonding in supermolecular flowers

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We report here a systematic study on the ability of molecular cages to bind (transition) metals. Starting from the superferrocenophane we investigate the incorporation of first-row transition metal (Sc–Zn) and alkaline-earth metal (Mg, Ca) double cations into these supermetallocenophane (super[5]phane) cages, and compare them with the corresponding metallocenes (Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2007, 360, 179). Moreover, we also investigate the binding of neutral and double-cationic metals inside supermetallocyclophane (super[6]phane) cages. The heterolytic and homolytic associations show preferences for different metals, and new metal-containing cages are proposed that should be viable candidates for synthesis.

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19 Jun 2012
22 Aug 2012
First published
22 Aug 2012

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 14905-14910
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Chemical bonding in supermolecular flowers

A. C. Castro, M. P. Johansson, G. Merino and M. Swart, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 14905
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP42045G

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