A New Family of 3d-4f Bis-Calix[4]arene-Supported Clusters

Marco Coletta, Ross Mclellan, Sergio Sanz, Kevin Gagnon, Simon Teat, Euan Brechin, Scott Dalgarno

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Abstract: Calix[4]arenes are versatile ligands that, whilst also serving other purposes, can act as platforms for the synthesis of a wide range of 3d, 4f and 3d–4f polymetallic clusters. The empirical metal ion binding rules established for calix[4]arene are closely mirrored by bis–calix[4]arene, a relatively new ligand in which two equivalents of the former are directly tethered at a methylene bridge position. The direct tethering within bis-calix[4]arene gives rise to some structural features that are related to calix[4]arene coordination chemistry, but the prevailing clusters have fascinating new topologies and coordination behaviors. Here we present the synthesis of a family of new bis-calix[4]arene-supported 3d–4f clusters, as well as their structural characterization and magnetic properties. Comparison is drawn with calix[4]arene coordination chemistry, showing logical extension of common structural fragments and cluster capping behaviors upon moving to bis-calix[4]arene. This approach therefore holds great potential for tuning cluster formation and composition at a high level through subsequent ligand alteration.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Early online date9 Aug 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Aug 2017


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