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Self-Assembly of Chiral Coordination Polymers and Macrocycles:  A Metal Template Effect on the Polymer−Macrocycle Equilibrium

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posted on 16.05.2005, 00:00 authored by Tara J. Burchell, Richard J. Puddephatt
The self-assembly of racemic and enantiopure binaphthyl-bis(amidopyridyl) ligands 1,1‘-C20H12{NHC(O)-4-C5H4N}2, 1, and 1,1‘-C20H12{NHC(O)-3-C5H4N}2, 2, with mercury(II) halides (HgX2; X = Cl, Br, I) to form extended metal-containing arrays is described. It is shown that the self-assembly can lead to homochiral or heterochiral polymers or macrocycles, through self-recognition or self-discrimination of the ligand units, and the primary materials can further self-assemble through hydrogen bonding between amide substituents. In addition, the formation of macrocycles or polymers can be influenced by the presence or absence of excess mercury(II) halide, through a template effect, and mercury(II) halide inclusion complexes may be formed. In one case, an unusual polymeric compound was obtained, with 1 guest HgX2 molecule for every 12 mercury halide units in the polymer.