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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 579123, 11 pages
Research Article

Self-Assembly of Cluster-Based Nanoscopic Supramolecules into One-Dimensional Coordination Polymers

Department of Chemistry, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, USA

Received 15 April 2009; Revised 9 July 2009; Accepted 10 July 2009

Academic Editor: Sridhar Komarneni

Copyright © 2009 Jian-Jun Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Octahedral metal clusters , (or ) (Salen = -ethylene-bis-(salicylidene)iminate) and ditopic organic linkers ( -bpe (trans-1, 2-bis(4-pyridyl)-ethylene) or -dpyo ( -dipyridyl -dioxide)) self-assemble to form three cluster-based 1D coordination polymers: [(Mn(Salen))2(Nb6Cl12(CN)6)] (1), (2), and (3). Single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses show that the frameworks of the three coordination polymers are built of heterotrimeric and/or heteropentameric supramolecular species linked by ditopic organic ligands. The framework of 1 consists of anionic chains built of heterotrimeric dianions (T) linked by -dpyo. The chains run along two directions ([0 2 −2] and [0 3 3]) leading to the formation of channels along the crystallographic (a) direction where the cations [Mn(Salen) ]+ and solvent molecules are located. Also, 2 was reported earlier, it possesses a neutral 1D chain built of neutral heterpentameric supramolecules: (P) linked by -bpe ligands. Hydrogen bonds between non-bridging cyanide ligands and coordinated solvent molecules connect the chains into 2D hydrogen-bonded frameworks. Finally, 3 features an anionic chain, built of alternating heterotrimers and heteropentamers linked by the organic spacer -bpe. The anionic charge is compensated by the in situe-assembled dimers. Magnetic measurements reveal that the Mn(III) ions are well isolated and only weak magnetic interactions are observed. The thermal stability of the three compounds was investigated.