Investigations into cluster formation with alkyl-tethered bis-calix[4]arenes

Marco Coletta, Ross McLellan, Jean-Marie Cols, Kevin J. Gagnon, Simon J. Teat, Euan K Brechin, Scott J Dalgarno*

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Calix[4]arenes are versatile ligands capable of forming a wide range of cluster motifs when reacted with 3d, 4f or 3d/4f metal ions. Synthetic modification at the calix[4]arene methylene bridge offers a unique opportunity to explore cluster formation with these alternative building blocks. Here, we present the synthesis of a range of bis-calix[4]arenes that are tethered by alkyl chains, as well as exploratory structural studies into cluster-forming reactions. Single crystals were formed in four cases, and from the X-ray structures elucidated it is possible to conclude that sufficiently long alkyl tethers allow for the formation of established cluster topologies without disruption to the core coordination chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-566
Number of pages10
JournalSupramolecular Chemistry
Issue number5-6
Early online date29 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Calixarenes
  • clusters
  • coordination chemistry
  • lanthanide metals
  • transition metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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