[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mathematics and art converge in the fractal forms that also abound in nature. We used molecular self-assembly to create a synthetic, nanometer-scale, Sierpinski hexagonal gasket. This nondendritic, perfectly self-similar fractal macromolecule is composed of bis-terpyridine building blocks that are bound together by coordination to 36 Ru and 6 Fe ions to form a nearly planar array of increasingly larger hexagons around a hollow center.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hexameric metallomacrocycles are a new class of ordered rigid-macromolecules which possess unique structural, electronic, and physical characteristics. Directed- and self-assembly methods for the construction of these stable bis(terpyridine)-based materials are investigated by using both Fe(II) and Ru(II) as the coordinating metals. These heterometallomacrocycles and their homocounterparts are structurally compared, and their attendant electrochemical properties are analyzed and evaluated. These studies demonstrate the potential to create stable, nanoscale, doughnut-shaped, molecular assemblies with envisioned ramifications for energy storage and release, as well as nanoscale molecular electronic and magnetic devices.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Methods for the self-assembly, as well as directed construction, of hexaruthenium metallomacrocycles employing bisterpyridine building blocks are described. Self-assembly is effected by a combination of equimolar mixtures of bismetalated and nonmetalated bis(terpyridinyl) monomers each possessing the requisite planar, 60 degrees, terpyridine-metal-terpyridine connectivity. Stepwise synthesis of the identical hexamer is also discussed and used to aid in verification of the self-assembled product. Preparation and analysis of the related FeII metallomacrocycle are detailed and its TEM image confirms the hexameric structure. Characterization of the metalated products includes cyclic voltammetry along with the routine analytical techniques.