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Guest inclusion by Borromean weave coordination networks

Byrne, Peter; Lloyd, Gareth O.; Steed, Jonathan W.

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Peter Byrne

Gareth O. Lloyd


Reaction of N,Nʺ-ethylene-1,2-diylbis(3-pyridin-3-ylurea) (L) with AgNO3 in a variety of solvents gives a total of five 2-D Borromean weave coordination polymer networks that adopt three structural types depending on the interactions to the solvent pocket. The Borromean network is of formula [Ag2(L)3](NO3)2 ·solvent where the solvent is either a cluster of water molecules, mixtures of water and acetonitrile, water and methanol or chloroform and methanol. The Borromean structure is a thermodynamic sink and under fast crystallization conditions an alternative 2 + 2 metallomacrocycle forms that can result in metallogel formation. The metallogel structure transforms into the crystalline Borromean network over time.


Byrne, P., Lloyd, G. O., & Steed, J. W. (2021). Guest inclusion by Borromean weave coordination networks. Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 74(1-3), 152-161.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 4, 2021
Online Publication Date Jan 21, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Feb 12, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 19, 2021
Journal Journal of Coordination Chemistry
Print ISSN 0095-8972
Electronic ISSN 1029-0389
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 74
Issue 1-3
Pages 152-161


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2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.<br /> This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (<br /> by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

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