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Issue 29, 2015
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Molecular Pac-Man and Tacos: layered Cu(ii) cages from ligands with high binding site concentrations

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Abstract

The in situ formation and subsequent Cu(II) ligation of the polydentate pro-ligands o-[(E)-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)methylideneamino]benzohydroxamic acid (L1H3), o-[(E)-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxy-5-bromophenyl)methylideneamino]benzohydroxamic acid (L2H3) and o-[(E)-(2-hydroxyphenyl)methylideneamino]benzohydroxamic acid (L3H3), leads to the self-assembly of the cages [Cu(II)10(L1)4(2-aph)2(H2O)2](ClO4)4·5MeOH (1), [Cu(II)14(L1)8(MeOH)2.5(H2O)7.5](NO3)4·3MeOH·7H2O (2), [Cu(II)14(L2)8(MeOH)4(H2O)6](NO3)4·6H2O (3), [Cu(II)14(L3)8(MeOH)6(H2O)2](NO3)4·4MeOH·8H2O (4) and [Cu(II)30O(OH)4(OMe)2(L1)16(MeOH)4(H2O)2](ClO4)4·2MeOH·30H2O (5). Each member comprises a highly unusual topology derived from off-set, stacked, near planar layers of polynuclear subunits connected through long Cu(II)–O contacts. The exact topology observed is dependent on the specific reaction conditions and methodologies employed. Dc magnetic susceptibility studies on 1, 2, 4 and 5 reveals strong antiferromagnetic exchange between the Cu(II) centres in all siblings. We also present the 1D coordination polymer {[Cu(II)(L4)]·H2O}n (6) comprising the pseudo macrocyclic ligand [[2-[(E)-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxy-phenyl)methyleneamino]benzoyl]amino]ethanimidate (L4H2), which is formed upon the incorporation of an MeCN unit at the hydroxamate group of precursor ligand L1H3.

Graphical abstract: Molecular Pac-Man and Tacos: layered Cu(ii) cages from ligands with high binding site concentrations

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Submitted
17 Apr 2015
Accepted
23 Jun 2015
First published
24 Jun 2015

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Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 13359-13368
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Molecular Pac-Man and Tacos: layered Cu(II) cages from ligands with high binding site concentrations

C. McDonald, D. W. Williams, P. Comar, S. J. Coles, T. D. Keene, M. B. Pitak, E. K. Brechin and L. F. Jones, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 13359
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT01463H

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