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Supramolecular Multicomponent Self-Assembly of Shape-Adaptive Nanoprisms: Wrapping up C60 with Three Porphyrin Units

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posted on 19.06.2008 by Michael Schmittel, Bice He, Prasenjit Mal
Self-assembly of a C3v symmetric trisphenanthroline and linear bisterpyridines in the presence of Cu+ did not furnish the expected supramolecular nanoprisms in quantitative yield. With an accurately sized tripyridine as a stabilizing template, the nanoprism formed exclusively. Furthermore, an adaptive constriction of the nanoprism was seen with C60 as template: as a result of the smaller size of C60 the nanoframework wrapped up around the guest like an accordion-type host system.

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