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Metallohosts with a Heart of Carbon

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posted on 20.07.2011, 00:00 authored by Edwin C. Constable, Guoqi Zhang, Daniel Häussinger, Catherine E. Housecroft, Jennifer A. Zampese
Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies have confirmed that Ni3S3-based molecular bowls prepared in one-pot reactions capture either CH2Cl2 or C60. The nature of the pendant substituents (naphthalen-2-ylmethyl, benzyl, or ethyl) around the rim of the bowl dictates the formation of a 1:1 (bowl host–C60 guest) or 2:1 (capsule host–C60 guest) architecture. In CDCl3, the trimeric complexes were found to be in equilibrium with dimeric analogues. For the naphthalen-2-ylmethyl-substituted host, NMR spectroscopic titration data confirmed a 1:1 host–C60 guest complex in 1,2-Cl2C6D4 solution.