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Conserved supramolecular architecture in polymetallic nucleobase complexes

Lookup NU author(s): David Amantia, Michelle Shipman, Clayton Price, Dr Mark Elsegood, Emeritus Professor Bill CleggORCiD, Professor Andrew HoultonORCiD


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The single crystal X-ray structures of two different polynuclear metal-nucleobase complexes are reported. Crystals isolated from the reaction of CdBr2 with ethylenediamine-N9-ethyladenine, A-Et-en, were characterised by X-ray structural analysis as a coordination polymer [μ-{CdBr(N3,N7-A-Et-en)}2CdBr4] (2). Reaction of the Pd(II)-adenine complex, [PdCl(N3-A-Et-en)]+, with sodium uracilate yielded [(Pd(N3-A-Et-en)2(N1,N3-U)][ClO4]2 (3). Despite the considerable differences in the nature of the compounds the crystal structures feature essentially similar supramolecular architectures. A building block analysis demonstrates how this arises and reveals an approach, based on bond-type substitution and molecular replacement, to conserving such features. This may be a useful approach that could be more widely adopted in crystal engineering strategies. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Amantia D, Shipman MA, Price C, Elsegood MRJ, Clegg W, Houlton A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Inorganica Chimica Acta

Year: 2006

Volume: 359

Issue: 11

Pages: 3515-3520

ISSN (print): 0020-1693

ISSN (electronic): 1873-3255

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.ica.2006.01.009


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