Solid State Umbrella-type Inversion of a VO5 Square Pyramidal Unit in a Bowl-type Dodecavanadate Induced by Insertion and Elimination of a Guest Molecule

Journal: Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Published: 2018-10-15

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201809120

Affiliations: 3

Authors: 5

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The model host

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A molecular material that inverts like an umbrella blown inside-out is the surprise discovery of a study into host–guest chemistry.

Molecular ‘host’ materials, which can incorporate small guest molecules have applications ranging from separation of chemical mixtures to gas storage or sensing.

Now, a team led by Kanazawa University researchers has examined the chemistry of a vanadium oxide host material, in which 12 units of VO5 arrange themselves in a bowl-shaped structure. The bowl’s cavity is the perfect size for a carbon dioxide molecule.

Using X-ray analysis, the team imaged the structure with the guest molecule in place. They then heated the material in a vacuum to remove the guest and imaged the structure again. The researchers discovered that stripped of its guest, one of the square pyramid-shaped VO5 units had flipped inside out to fill the bowl’s void.

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  1. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57, 16051–16055 (2018). doi: 10.1002/anie.201809120
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Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 0.80
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