Self-Assembly of Organocyanide Dianions and MetalOrganic Macrocycles into Polymeric Architectures Including an Unprecedented Quadruple Helical Aperiodic Structure Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 American Chemical Society. A facile building block approach was employed for the self-assembly of metal-organic macrocyclic complexes and organocyanide dianions into one-dimensional coordination polymers. The conformation of the organocyanide dianions as well as - stacking and hydrogen bonding interactions were found to be critical factors that determine the formation of a particular structure. In the case of 1,3-dicyanamidobenzene dianion (DCNB2-) bridging ligands, the absence of water resulted in an unprecedented aperiodic quadruple helical structure in which the - stacking interaction dominates, whereas, in the presence of water, a zigzag chain compound in which hydrogen bonding interactions prevail is formed.

published proceedings

  • Crystal Growth & Design

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, X., Zhao, H., Palatinus, L., Gagnon, K. J., Bacsa, J., & Dunbar, K. R.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Xuan||Zhao, Hanhua||Palatinus, Lukas||Gagnon, Kevin J||Bacsa, John||Dunbar, Kim R

publication date

  • April 2016