In this HOT article, Faulkner and co-workers describe the self-assembly between di-carboxylate ions and a binuclear europium compound and some stable adducts and heterometallic lanthanide complexes. The synthetic approach may shed light on the design and synthesis of other new lanthanide architectures by spatial matching the interactions between two kinetically stable complexes or by well designed building blocks.
This article is part of a forthcoming themed issue on self assembly in inorganic chemistry, with Guest Editors Paul Kruger (University of Canterbury) and Thorri Gunnlaugsson (Trinity College Dublin).
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Self-assembly between dicarboxylate ions and a binuclear europium complex: formation of stable adducts and heterometallic lanthanide complexes
James A. Tilney, Thomas Just Sørensen, Benjamin P. Burton-Pye and Stephen Faulkner
Dalton Trans., 2011, Advance Article