Isoreticular Investigation into the Formation of Four New Zinc Alkylbisphosphonate Families Academic Article uri icon


  • Through the systematic investigation of zinc alkylbisphosphonates, four new structural families have been obtained. These families are named zinc alkyl-tunnel, -gate, -cation, and -sheet (ZAT, ZAG, ZAC, and ZAS) for convenience and have been synthesized and further extended through isoreticular design utilizing alkylbis(phosphonic acid) ligands of the formula H 2O3PCnH2nPO3H 2 (n = 3-6) (H4Ln). Both even- and odd-length chains were utilized to help determine the effect of chain conformation on structure formation. The investigation lead to two known compounds (ZAG-4, and ZAS-3) and nine new compounds, two of which contain large 1-D channels. The crystal structures of all compounds were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Of the nine new compounds, only seven of them fall into the new families. In three of the four families, the structure is controlled by alkyl-chain length and conformation (i.e., odd vs even), and in the fourth, a conformational distortion allows both odd and even lengths to form the given structure. Isoreticular species using n = 3 and 5 were obtained in both the ZAT and the ZAS families; using n = 4 and 6 were obtained in the ZAG family; and n = 4-6, in the ZAC family. 2014 American Chemical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Gagnon, K. J., Teat, S. J., Beal, Z. J., Embry, A. M., Strayer, M. E., & Clearfield, A.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Gagnon, Kevin J||Teat, Simon J||Beal, Zachary J||Embry, Alyssa M||Strayer, Megan E||Clearfield, Abraham

publication date

  • July 2014