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Issue 27, 2019
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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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Abstract

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.

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

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Submitted
17 Apr 2019
Accepted
27 May 2019
First published
28 May 2019

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 6661-6665
Article type
Edge Article

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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