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Aluminium nanorings: configuration deformation and structural transformation

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Abstract

Present herein is the first example of aluminium nanoring assembly by fatty acids. And the auxiliary alcohol sites can be modified either by monohydric alcohols (AlOC-33 to AlOC-35) or diols (AlOC-36 to AlOC-38). The monohydric alcohol modified ten-membered aluminium (Al10) rings are coplanar, while the diol modified ones possess a saddle-shaped configuration. Interestingly, the diol modified Al10 ring (AlOC-36) can convert into a coplanar ring (AlOC-33-B). AlOC-33-B possesses a similar molecular structure but a different supramolecular structure with AlOC-33. The structural transformation is confirmed to be a thermodynamically spontaneous process through density-functional theory (DFT) calculations.

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Submitted
16 Nov 2020
Accepted
21 Jan 2021
First published
21 Jan 2021

Chem. Commun., 2021,57, 2085-2088
Article type
Communication

Aluminium nanorings: configuration deformation and structural transformation

L. Geng, Q. Li, S. Wang, Y. Liu, W. Fang and J. Zhang, Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 2085
DOI: 10.1039/D0CC07513B

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