Hexagonal Microparticles from Hierarchical Self-Organization of Chiral Trigonal Pd3L6 Macrotetracycles

Ondřej Jurček, Nonappa, Elina Kalenius, Pia Jurček, Juha M. Linnanto, Rakesh Puttreddy, Hennie Valkenier, Nikolay Houbenov, Michal Babiak, Miroslav Peterk, Anthony P. Davis, Radek Marek, Kari Rissanen

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Abstract

Construction of structurally complex architectures using inherently chiral, asymmetric, or multi-heterotopic ligands is a major challenge in metallosupramolecular chemistry. Moreover, the hierarchical self-organization of such complexes is unique. Here, we introduce a water-soluble, facially amphiphilic, amphoteric, chiral, asymmetric, and hetero-tritopic ligand derived from natural bile acid, ursodeoxycholic acid. We show that via the supramolecular transmetalation reaction, using nitrates of Cu(II) or Fe(III), and subsequently Pd(II), a superchiral Pd3L6 complex can be obtained. Even though several possible constitutional isomers of Pd3L6 could be formed, because of the ligand asymmetry and relative flexibility of carbamate-pyridyl moieties attached to the steroid scaffold, only a single product with C3 rotational symmetry was obtained. Finally, we demonstrate that these amphiphilic complexes can self-organize into hexagonal microparticles in aqueous media. This finding may lead to the development of novel self-assembled metal-organic functional materials made of natural, abundant, and relatively inexpensive steroidal compounds.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100303
Number of pages19
JournalCell Reports Physical Science
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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