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Bucky-blocks: templating a coordination network with C60

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The reaction of NiCl2·6H2O with 4′-tert-butyl-4,2′:6′,4′′-terpyridine (1) in MeOH/1,2-Cl2C6H4 leads to the formation of the 2-dimensional coordination polymer 4[Ni2Cl4(1)4]·13(1,2-Cl2C6H4)·30H2O. Each sheet comprises [4 + 4] macrocycles interconnected by octahedral trans-{NiCl2N4} nodes. In the presence of C60, NiCl2·6H2O and ligand 1 combine in MeOH/1,2-Cl2C6H4 to give crystalline solvated 3[NiCl2(1)2]·C60 which has a lamellar structure intercalated with C60 molecules. The fullerene templates the formation of [3 + 3] bowl-shaped macrocycles which are connected through octahedral trans-{NiCl2N4} nodes to [6 + 6] macrocycles generating 2-dimensional sheets.

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The article was received on 06 Sep 2011, accepted on 06 Dec 2011 and first published on 23 Dec 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE06156B
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2012,14, 1770-1774
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    Bucky-blocks: templating a coordination network with C60

    E. C. Constable, G. Zhang, C. E. Housecroft and J. A. Zampese, CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 1770
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CE06156B

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