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Silver Ion-Mediated Heterometallic Three-Fold Interpenetrating Uranyl–Organic Framework

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posted on 16.11.2015, 00:00 by Lei Mei, Qun-yan Wu, Shu-wen An, Zeng-qiang Gao, Zhi-fang Chai, Wei-qun Shi
A unique case of a uranyl-silver heterometallic 3-fold interpenetrating network (U-Ag-2,6-DCPCA) from a multifunctionalized organic ligand, 2,6-dichloroisonicotinic acid, in the presence of uranyl and silver ions is reported. It is the first report of a heterometallic uranyl–organic interpenetrating network or framework. Notably, a (4,4)-connected uranyl building unit in U-Ag-2,6-DCPCA, which is available through combined influences of structural halogenation and silver ion additive on uranyl coordination, plays a vital role in the formation of a 3-fold interpenetrating network. Halogen substitution effectively changes structural features and coordination behaviors of isonicotinate ligand and contributes to the control of uranyl coordination. Meanwhile, it exerts influence on the stabilization of 3-fold interpenetrating networks by halogen–halogen interactions. Theoretical calculation suggests that the silver ion should mainly serve as an inductive factor of uranyl species through strong Ag–N binding affinity, directly leading to the formation of a (4,4)-connected uranyl building unit and finally a heterometallic 3-fold interpenetrating network. Related experimental results, especially an interesting postsynthetic metalation, afford further evidence of this induction effect.