Controlling the ring curvature, solution assembly, and reactivity of gigantic molybdenum blue wheels

Xuan, W., Surman, A. J. , Miras, H. N. , Long, D. L. and Cronin, L. (2014) Controlling the ring curvature, solution assembly, and reactivity of gigantic molybdenum blue wheels. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(40), pp. 14114-14120. (doi:10.1021/ja5062483)

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Abstract

We describe the synthesis, structure, self-assembly, solution chemistry, and mass spectrometry of two new gigantic decameric molybdenum blue wheels, {Mo200Ce12} (1) and {Mo100Ce6} (2), by building block rearrangement of the tetradecameric {Mo154} framework archetype and control of the architecture’s curvature in solution from the addition of Ce(III). The assembly of 1 and 2 could be directed accordingly by adjusting the ionic strength and acidity of the reaction mixture. Alternatively, the dimeric cluster {Mo200Ce12} could be transformed directly to the monomeric species {Mo100Ce6} upon addition of a potassium salt. ESI-ion mobility mass spectra were successfully obtained for both {Mo200Ce12} and {Mo100Ce6}, which is the first report in molybdenum blue chemistry thereby confirming that the gigantic clusters are stable in solution and that ion mobility measurements can be used to characterize nanoscale inorganic molecules.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Xuan, Mr Weimin and Moiras, Dr Charalampos and Long, Dr De Liang and Cronin, Professor Leroy and Surman, Dr Andrew
Authors: Xuan, W., Surman, A. J., Miras, H. N., Long, D. L., and Cronin, L.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Journal of the American Chemical Society
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:0002-7863
ISSN (Online):1520-5126
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