Three novel supramolecular complexes, [Ag4(2-mBIM)4](ClO4)4(H2O) (1), [Ag2(2-mBIM)2](PF6)2 (2) and [Ag2(PA-BIM)2](ClO4)2(CH2Cl2) (3) (2-mBIM = bis(2-methyl- imidazol-1-yl)methane; PA-BIM = 1,1-bis[(2-phenylazo)imidazol-1-yl]methane), have been prepared and structurally characterized. The reported complexes bear [4+4]metallomacrocyclic motifs comprising four silver atoms and four ditopic bis(imidazolyl)methane ligands. Complex 1 exhibits a rare 1D infinite inorganic catenane structure, which was self-assembled by the interlocking action of [4+4]metallomacrocyclic units. Complex 2 is a 2D layered supramolecular motif containing [4+4]macrometallacycle units with π-π interaction between imidazole rings. Complex 3 has a 2D sheet supramolecular framework through Ag–Ag interactions in [4+4]macrometallacyclic calix phenylazoimidazole with a nanocavity. The results suggest that the bisimidazolium ligands and anions play crucial roles in the formation of the different host structures. The thermal stability and photoluminescence spectra of the synthesized complexes have also been discussed.
Journal of Molecular Structure – Elsevier
Published: May 15, 2018
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