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Molecules 2017, 22(12), 2060; doi:10.3390/molecules22122060

Connectivity and Topology Invariance in Self-Assembled and Halogen-Bonded Anionic (6,3)-Networks

Laboratory of Nanostructured Fluorinated Materials (NFMLab), Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano, Via L. Mancinelli 7, 20131 Milano, Italy
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Received: 24 October 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 21 November 2017 / Published: 24 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Halogen Bonds and Beyond)
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We report here that the halogen bond driven self-assembly of 1,3,5-trifluorotriiodobenzene with tetraethylammonium and -phosphonium bromides affords 1:1 co-crystals, wherein the mutual induced fit of the triiodobenzene derivative and the bromide anions (halogen bond donor and acceptors, respectively) elicits the potential of these two tectons to function as tritopic modules (6,3). Supramolecular anionic networks are present in the two co-crystals wherein the donor and the acceptor alternate at the vertexes of the hexagonal frames and cations are accommodated in the potential empty space encircled by the frames. The change of one component in a self-assembled multi-component co-crystal often results in a change in its supramolecular connectivity and topology. Our systems have the same supramolecular features of corresponding iodide analogues as the metric aspects seem to prevail over other aspects in controlling the self-assembly process. View Full-Text
Keywords: halogen bonding; supramolecular chemistry; crystal engineering; anion coordination halogen bonding; supramolecular chemistry; crystal engineering; anion coordination
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Meyer, F.; Pilati, T.; Konidaris, K.F.; Metrangolo, P.; Resnati, G. Connectivity and Topology Invariance in Self-Assembled and Halogen-Bonded Anionic (6,3)-Networks. Molecules 2017, 22, 2060.

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