Water-soluble macrocycles synthesized via the weak-link approach

Michael J. Wiester, Chad A. Mirkin

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We report a general, high-yielding method for the synthesis of water-soluble complexes, which is based upon the weak-link approach to supramolecular coordination chemistry. Specifically, we have utilized oligomeric ethylene glycol functional groups appended to the aryl groups of the diphenylphosphine moieties to achieve solubility. Small molecules or halide ions can be used to expand these complexes into larger, more flexible macrocyclic structures. The realization of this approach should allow for the preparation of allosteric biomimetic structures which can be used in aqueous media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8054-8056
Number of pages3
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 7 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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