Hierarchical Assembly of Homochiral Porous Solids Using Coordination and Hydrogen Bonds

A family of homochiral metal carboxylate coordination polymers have been synthesized by treating 2,2‘-dihydroxy-1,1‘-binaphthalene-6,6‘-dicarboxylic acid (H2BDA) with metal salts at elevated temperatures. BDA ligands link adjacent metal centers to form 1D coordination polymeric chains using the carboxylate functionality, while the hydroxyl groups of BDA ligands form H-bonds with carboxylate oxygen atoms to link 1D coordination polymeric chains into open frameworks of higher dimensionality. We also present evidence for the important role played by H-bonds in the stabilization of open framework structures which allows for the hierarchical assembly of chiral porous solids.