Supramolecular entanglement from interlocked molecular nanomagnets

Constantinos C. Stoumpos, Ross Inglis, Georgios Karotsis, Leigh F. Jones, Anna Collins, Simon Parsons, Constantinos J. Milios, Giannis S. Papaefstathiou*, Euan K. Brechin

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The trinuclear nanomagnet [MnIII3O(Et-SaO) 3(MeOH)3](ClO4) (1) has been utilized as a building block for the construction of the hexanuclear cluster [{Mn III3O(Et-sao)3(O2CPh)(EtOH)} 2{4,4′-bpe}2] (3) that conforms to a rectangle and the two-dimensional coordination polymer {[MnIII3O(sao) 3(4,4′-bpe)1.5]ClO4·3MeOH} n (2·3MeOH). The latter exhibits an unprecedented type of entanglement that is based on host guest interactions. The polygon versus the polymer is rationalized in terms of changing an auxiliary anion that influences the arrangement of the potentially "vacant" coordination axes on each MnIII ion of the trinuclear precursor and thereby directing the self-assembly process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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