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Controlling the Self-Assembly of Metal-Seamed Organic Nanocapsules



Harshita Kumari, Andrew V. Mossine, Steven R. Kline, Cindi L. Dennis, Drew A. Fowler, Simon J. Teat, Charles L. Barnes, Carol A. Deakyne, Jerry L. Atwood


Puzzling out the intricacies associated with formation of supramolecular structures provides insight into and control of the self-assembly process. Such control may allow tailoring of these structures for specific applications. Herein we report the results of coordinated magnetic, solid-state and solution-phase studies carried out to investigate the mechanisms of formation and possible magnetic applications of metal-seamed pyrogallol[4]arene nanocapsules. SANS solution-phase studies and single-crystal XRD analyses demonstrate that varying the temperature, metal and solvent can control formation of specific capsular entities. The SQUID magnetometer data indicate a clear difference in the saturation magnetization of the dimeric and hexameric nikel MONCs. Moreover, the SQUID magnetometer and SANS analyses synergistically reveal the presence of a third, larger nanocapsular assembly.
Angewandte Chemie-International Edition


self-assembly, organic nanocapsules, SANS, SQUID, macrocycles


Kumari, H. , Mossine, A. , Kline, S. , Dennis, C. , Fowler, D. , Teat, S. , Barnes, C. , Deakyne, C. and Atwood, J. (2012), Controlling the Self-Assembly of Metal-Seamed Organic Nanocapsules, Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, [online], (Accessed May 19, 2024)


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Created January 2, 2012, Updated October 12, 2021