Coordination networks incorporating halogen-bond donor sites and azobenzene groups

Francisco Fernández-Palacio, Marco Saccone, Arri Priimagi, Giancarlo Terraneo, Tullio Pilati, Pierangelo Metrangolo (Corresponding Author), Giuseppe Resnati (Corresponding Author)

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Two Zn coordination networks, {[Zn(1)(Py)2]2(2-propanol)}n (3) and {[Zn(1)2(Bipy)2](DMF)2}n (4), incorporating halogen-bond (XB) donor sites and azobenzene groups have been synthesized and fully characterized. Obtaining 3 and 4 confirms that it is possible to use a ligand wherein its coordination bond acceptor sites and XB donor sites are on the same molecular scaffold (i.e., an aromatic ring) without interfering with each other. We demonstrate that XBs play a fundamental role in the architectures and properties of the obtained coordination networks. In 3, XBs promote the formation of 2D supramolecular layers, which, by overlapping each other, allow the incorporation of 2-propanol as a guest molecule. In 4, XBs support the connection of the layers and are essential to firmly pin DMF solvent molecules through I?O contacts, thus increasing the stability of the solvated systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2251-2257
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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  • Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca


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