Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol.140, No.46, 15611-15615, 2018
Site-Specific Metal Chelation Facilitates the Unveiling of Hidden Coordination Sites in an Fe-II/Fe-III-Seamed Pyrogallolarene Nanocapsule
Under suitable conditions, C-alkylpyrogallolarenes (PgCs) arrange into spherical metal-organic nanocapsules (MONCs) upon coordination to appropriate metal ions. Herein we present the synthesis and structural characterization of a novel F-II/Fe-III-seamed MONC, as well as studies related to its electrochemical and magnetic behaviors. Unlike other MONCs that are assembled through 24 metal ions, this nanocapsule comprises 32 Fe ions, uncovering 8 additional coordination sites situated between the constituent PgC subunits. The Fen ions are likely formed by the reducing ability of DMF used in the synthesis, representing a novel synthetic route toward polynuclear mixed-valence MONCs.