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Anion-templated hexagonal nanotubes

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Hydrogen bonding between bromide anions and a tetrahydroxytriptycene ligand was used to assemble crystalline hexagonal tubes with nanometer diameters in good yield. Use of a hexahydroxytriptycene ligand again gave hexagonal nanotubes, but containing the spontaneously-oxidised quinone–tetrahydroxy ligand. The surprisingly robust nanotubes are stable to heat, vacuum and water, and represent an unprecedented use of O–H⋯anion coordination to assemble complex three-dimensional structures.

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The article was received on 16 Jul 2015, accepted on 20 Aug 2015 and first published on 27 Aug 2015

Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02577J
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Citation: Chem. Sci., 2015,6, 6245-6249
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    Anion-templated hexagonal nanotubes

    N. G. White and M. J. MacLachlan, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 6245
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02577J

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