2D and 3D coordination networks with fullerene guests are promising candidates for superconducting materials, with potential applications in gas and information storage.
Edwin Constable and colleagues at the University of Basel, Switzerland have reported the intercalation of a fullerene molecule into a network containing octahedral nickel nodes. Using a layering technique, crystals of 1,2-dichlorobenzene and fullerene templated nickel coordination networks were grown and characterised by IR spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The encapsulation of fullerene results in the assembly of [3 + 3] macrocycles, connected into 2-dimensional sheets through the nickel nodes and fullerene-free [6 + 6] macrocycles.
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Bucky-blocks: templating a coordination network with C60
Edwin C. Constable, Guoqi Zhang, Catherine E. Housecroft and Jennifer A. Zampese
CrystEngComm, 2012, Advance Article