Self-assembled M24L48 polyhedra and their sharp structural switch upon subtle liqand variation

Qing Fu Sun, Junji Iwasa, Daichi Ogawa, Yoshitaka Ishido, Sota Sato, Tomoji Ozeki, Yoshihisa Sei, Kentaro Yamaguchi, Makoto Fujita

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    Self-assembly is a powerful technique for the bottom-up construction of discrete, well-defined nanoscale structures. Large multicomponent systems (with more than 50 components) offer mechanistic insights into biological assembly but present daunting synthetic challenges. Here we report the self-assembly of giant M24L48 coordination spheres from 24 palladium ions (M) and 48 curved bridging ligands (L). The structure of this multicomponent system is highly sensitive to the geometry of the bent ligands. Even a slight change in the ligand bend angle critically switches the final structure observed across the entire ensemble of building blocks between M24L 48 and M12L24 coordination spheres. The amplification of this small initial difference into an incommensurable difference in the resultant structures is a key mark of emergent behavior.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1144-1147
    Number of pages4
    Issue number5982
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 28

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