Self-Assembly and Ionic-Lattice-like Secondary Structure of a Flexible Linear Polymer of Highly Charged Inorganic Building Blocks

Guanyun Zhang, Eyal Gadot, Gal Gan-Or, Mark Baranov, Tal Tubul, Alevtina Neyman, Mu Li, Anna Clotet, Josep M. Poblet, Panchao Yin, Ira A. Weinstock

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Abstract

Among molecular building blocks, metal oxide cluster anions and their countercations provide multiple options for the self-assembly of functional materials. Currently, however, rational design concepts are limited to electrostatic interactions with metal or organic countercations or to the attachment and subsequent reactions of functionalized organic ligands. We now demonstrate that bridging μ-oxo linkages can be used to string together a bifunctional Keggin anion building block, [PNb2Mo10O40]5- (1), the diniobium(V) analogue of [PV2Mo10O40]5- (2). Induction of μ-oxo ligation between the NbVO moieties of 1 in acetonitrile via step-growth polymerization gives linear polymers with entirely inorganic backbones, some comprising over 140 000 repeating units, each with a 3-charge, exceeding that of previously reported organic or inorganic polyelectrolytes. As the chain grows, its flexible μ-oxo-linked backbone, with associated countercations, coils into a compact 270 nm diameter spherical secondary structure as a result of electrostatic interactions not unlike those within ionic lattices. More generally, the findings point to new options for the rational design of multidimensional structures based on μ-oxo linkages between NbVO-functionalized building blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7295-7300
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume142
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Apr 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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