Stereocontrolled self-assembly and photochromic transformation of lanthanide supramolecular helicates†
Stereocontrolled self-assembly of a dinuclear triple-stranded europium helicate (Eu2L3) based on DTE-functionalized ligands has been achieved via the chiral-induction strategy. The point-chirality of the ligands is transferred to give either Δ or Λ metal-centers and hence leads to the overall P or M helical senses. CD spectroscopy and NMR enantiomeric differentiation experiments have confirmed the formation of enantiomers. Moreover, the helicates in solution feature reversible photocyclization and cycloreversion, offering an opportunity to develop as chiroptical switches.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Molecular metal-containing soft materials