Self-assembly and molecular recognition of a luminescent gold rectangle

Ronger Lin, John H.K. Yip, Ke Zhang, Lin Koh Lip, Kwok Yin Wong, Piu Ho Kam

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A luminescent molecular rectangle [Au4(u-PAnP)2(u-bipy)2](OTf)4(1·(OTf)4) (PAnP = 9,10-bis-(diphenylphosphino)anthracene, bipy = 4,4′-bipyridine, X = NO3-or OTf-), synthesized from the self-assembly of the molecular "clip" Au2(u-PAnP)(OTf)2and bipy, shows a large rectangular cavity of 7.921(3) x 16.76(3) Å. The electronic absorption and emission spectroscopy, and electrochemistry of the metallacyclophane, have been studied. The 14+ions are self-assembled into 2D mosaic in the solid state via complementary edge-to-face interactions between the Ph groups.1H NMR titrations ratify the 1:1 complexation between 14+and various aromatic molecules. Comparing the structures of the inclusion complexes indicates an induced-fit mechanism operating in the binding. The emission of 14+is quenched upon the guest binding. The binding constants are determined by both1H NMR and fluorescence titrations. Solvophobic and ion-dipole effects are shown to be important in stabilizing the inclusion complexes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15852-15869
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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