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A monomer–dimer nanoswitch that mimics the working principle of the SARS-CoV 3CLpro enzyme controls copper-catalysed cyclopropanation

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Abstract

A triangular framework with a terpyridine and shielded phenanthroline at its termini constitutes an open/close nanoswitch that is toggled by chemical inputs. In the presence of copper(I) ions, the open triangular framework (OPEN-I) firmly closes to a catalytically inactive heteroleptic [Cu(phen)(terpy)]+ complex (CLOSE). Reversible switching between CLOSE and OPEN-I states was demonstrated by successive addition and removal of Cu+. In contrast, after addition of iron(II) ions to the CLOSE state a bishomoleptic dimeric [Fe(terpy)2]2+ complex is formed with the copper(I) ions placed in the phenanthroline cavities (OPEN-II). Due to its coordinatively unsaturated [Cu(Phen)]+ sites the dimeric iron complex is able to serve as a catalyst in the cyclopropanation of Z-cyclooctene using ethyl diazoacetate.

Graphical abstract: A monomer–dimer nanoswitch that mimics the working principle of the SARS-CoV 3CLpro enzyme controls copper-catalysed cyclopropanation

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Submitted
22 May 2014
Accepted
28 May 2014
First published
06 Jun 2014

This article is Open Access

Dalton Trans., 2014,43, 10977-10982
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A monomer–dimer nanoswitch that mimics the working principle of the SARS-CoV 3CLpro enzyme controls copper-catalysed cyclopropanation

S. De, S. Pramanik and M. Schmittel, Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 10977
DOI: 10.1039/C4DT01508H

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