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The dimeric "hand-shake" motif in complexes and metallo-supramolecular assemblies of cyclotriveratrylene-based ligands

Carruthers, Christopher; Ronson, Tanya K.; Sumby, Christopher J.; Westcott, Aleema; Harding, Lindsay P.; Prior, Timothy J.; Rizkallah, Pierre; Hardie, Michaele J.


Christopher Carruthers

Tanya K. Ronson

Christopher J. Sumby

Aleema Westcott

Lindsay P. Harding

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Dr Tim Prior
Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Pierre Rizkallah

Michaele J. Hardie


A series of clathrate and metal complexes with cyclotriveratrylene-like molecular host ligands show a similar dimeric homomeric inclusion motif in which a ligand arm of one host is the intra-cavity guest of another and vice versa. This "hand-shake" motif is found in the trinuclear transition metal complex [Cu3Cl6(1)]center dot CH3CN center dot 1.5H(2)O which 1 is tris(4-[2,2',6',2 ''-terpyridyl]benzyl)cyclotriguaiacylene; in the self-included M4L4 tetrahedral metallo-supramolecular assembly [Ag-4(2)(4)]center dot(BF4)(4) in which 2 is tris-(2-quinolyl-methyl)cyclotriguaiacylene; in the 1D coordination chains [Ag(4)]center dot ReO4 center dot CH3CN and [Ag(5)]center dot SbF6 center dot 3DMF center dot H2O in which 4 is tris(1H-imidazol-1-yl)-cyclotriguaiacylene and 5 is tris{4-(2-pyridyl)benzyl}cyclotiguaiacylene; and in the acetone clathrate of tris{4-(2-pyridyl)benzyl-amino}cyclotriguaiacylene. Clathrates of ligands 2 and 5 do not show the same dimeric motif, although 2 has an extended homomeric inclusion motif that gives a hexagonal network.


Carruthers, C., Ronson, T. K., Sumby, C. J., Westcott, A., Harding, L. P., Prior, T. J., …Hardie, M. J. (2008). The dimeric "hand-shake" motif in complexes and metallo-supramolecular assemblies of cyclotriveratrylene-based ligands. Chemistry: a European journal, 14(33), 10286-10296.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 1, 2008
Publication Date Nov 17, 2008
Print ISSN 0947-6539
Electronic ISSN 1521-3765
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 33
Pages 10286-10296
Keywords Coordination chains; Cyclotriveratrylene; Host-guest chemistry; Supramolecular chemistry; Tetrahedral assembly
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