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Structural Diversity of Metallosupramolecular Assemblies Based on the Bent Bridging Ligand 4,4′-Dithiodipyridine †

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Author(s): Rüdiger W. Seidel | Richard Goddard | Iris M. Oppel

Journal: Polymers
ISSN 2073-4360

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 527;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: self-assembly | metallamacrocycle | coordination polymer | crystal engineering | 4 | 4′-dithiodipyridine | 4 | 4′-dipyridyldisulfide

ABSTRACT
4,4′-Dithiodipyridine (dtdp), also termed 4,4′-dipyridyldisulfide, is a bridging ligand of the 4,4′-bipyridine type. The introduction of the disulfide moiety inevitably leads to a relatively rigid angular structure, which exhibits axial chirality. More than 90 metal complexes containing the dtdp ligand have been crystallographically characterised until now. This review focuses on the preparation and structural diversity of discrete and polymeric metallosupramolecular assemblies constructed from dtdp as bridging ligands. These encompass metallamacrocycles with M2L2 topology and coordination polymers with periodicity in one or two dimensions. One-dimensional coordination polymers represent the vast majority of the metallosupramolecular structures obtained from dtdp. These include repeated rhomboids, zigzag, helical and arched chains among other types. In this contribution, we make an attempt to provide a comprehensive account of the structural data that are currently available for metallosupramolecular assemblies based on the bent bridging ligand dtdp.
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