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J Org Chem. 2009 May 1;74(9):3554-7. doi: 10.1021/jo9002932.

Geometry directed self-selection in the coordination-driven self-assembly of irregular supramolecular polygons.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Utah, 315 South 1400 East, RM, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112, USA.


The self-assembly of irregular metallo-supramolecular hexagons and parallelograms has been achieved in a self-selective manner upon mixing 120 degrees unsymmetrical dipyridyl ligands with 60 degrees or 120 degrees organoplatinum acceptors in a 1:1 ratio. The polygons have been characterized using (31)P and (1)H multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) as well as X-ray crystallography. Geometric features of the molecular subunits direct the self-selection process, which is supported by molecular force field computations.

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