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Materials 2010, 3(5), 3407-3429; doi:10.3390/ma3053407

Of Chains and Rings: Synthetic Strategies and Theoretical Investigations for Tuning the Structure of Silver Coordination Compounds and Their Applications

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Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 9, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
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Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
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Infection Biology, University Hospital Basel, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
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Lab of Biomechanics & Biocalorimetry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
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Received: 16 March 2010 / Revised: 14 May 2010 / Accepted: 17 May 2010 / Published: 25 May 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Organometallic Compounds)

Abstract

Varying the polyethyleneglycol spacer between two (iso)-nicotinic groups of the ligand systems, a large structural variety of silver coordination compounds was obtained, starting with zero-dimensional ring systems, via one-dimensional chains, helices and double-helices to two-dimensional polycatenanes. Theoretical calculations help to understand their formation and allow predictions in some cases. These structures can be tuned by careful design of the ligand, the use of solvent and the counter ions, influencing also other important properties such as light stability and solubility. The latter is important in the context of biomedical applications, using silver compounds as antimicrobial agents.
Keywords: coordination polymer networks; silver coordination compounds; molecular rings; helical chains; structure engineering; metal-organic frameworks; antimicrobial coatings; implant materials coordination polymer networks; silver coordination compounds; molecular rings; helical chains; structure engineering; metal-organic frameworks; antimicrobial coatings; implant materials
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Slenters, T.V.; Sagué, J.L.; Brunetto, P.S.; Zuber, S.; Fleury, A.; Mirolo, L.; Robin, A.Y.; Meuwly, M.; Gordon, O.; Landmann, R.; Daniels, A.U.; Fromm, K.M. Of Chains and Rings: Synthetic Strategies and Theoretical Investigations for Tuning the Structure of Silver Coordination Compounds and Their Applications. Materials 2010, 3, 3407-3429.

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