A sphere-in-sphere complex by orthogonal self-assembly

Qing Fu Sun, Takashi Murase, Sota Sato, Makoto Fujita

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    Russian dolls: Two covalently tethered, curved bispyridinyl ligands and Pd II ions have been shown to self-assemble into a sphere-in-sphere complex (6.3 nm in diameter; see X-ray structure). The two ligands did not form heteroleptic mixed complexes, but instead assembled into two distinct homogeneous [M 12L 24] cuboctahedra, reminiscent of a double-shell viral capsid.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10318-10321
    Number of pages4
    JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
    Issue number44
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 24


    • N ligands
    • coordination modes
    • entropic effects
    • palladium
    • self-assembly

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Catalysis
    • Chemistry(all)


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