Issue 11, 2015

Anion-templated hexagonal nanotubes


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.

Graphical abstract: Anion-templated hexagonal nanotubes

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Edge Article
16 Jul 2015
20 Aug 2015
First published
27 Aug 2015
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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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