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Solvent-assisted coordination driven assembly of a supramolecular architecture featuring two types of connectivity from discrete nanocages

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The rapid development of supramolecular chemistry provides a powerful bottom-up approach to construct various well-defined nano-architectures with increasing complexity and functionality. Compared to that of small and simple nanometric objects, the self-assembly of larger and more complex nanometric objects, such as nanocages, remains a significant challenge. Herein, we used a discrete nanocage as the monomer to successfully construct a novel three-dimensional (3D) supramolecular architecture, which comprises two types of nanocage building units with different connectivity, using the solvent-assisted coordination-driven assembly approach. The mechanism of this supramolecular assembly process was investigated by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) studies, which identified for the first time the formation of a nanocage dimer intermediate during the assembly process. The assembly of discrete nanocages into a 3D supramolecular architecture led to remarkable enhancement of stability and gas adsorption properties.

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The article was received on 17 Apr 2019, accepted on 27 May 2019 and first published on 28 May 2019


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9SC01892A
Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 6661-6665
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    Solvent-assisted coordination driven assembly of a supramolecular architecture featuring two types of connectivity from discrete nanocages

    Z. Niu, L. Wang, S. Fang, P. C. Lan, B. Aguila, J. Perman, J. Ma, P. Cheng, X. Li and S. Ma, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 6661
    DOI: 10.1039/C9SC01892A

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