Can enantiomer ligands produce structurally distinct homochiral MOFs?

TitleCan enantiomer ligands produce structurally distinct homochiral MOFs?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsDubey, M, Kumar, A, Dhavale, VM, Kurungot, S, Pandey, DShankar
Date PublishedSEP
Type of ArticleArticle

Here, we report a self-assembled homochiral metal-organic framework [Cu-1.5(H2LL-leu)(Ac)H2O](n)center dot 3H(2)O (1) obtained from an L-leucine-derived ligand (H4L(L-leu)) and Cu(Ac)(2)center dot H2O in a 1 : 1 ratio. Coordination-induced conformational change in the ligand has been monitored by circular dichroism which has been further attested by synthesizing a D-leucine-containing enantiomer H4L D-leu and its Cu(II) complex [Cu-1.5(H2LD-leu)H2O](n)center dot 10H(2)O (2). Structure determination revealed entirely different structures for the homochiral MOFs (1 and 2) obtained from the L/D-leucine-derived enantiomer ligands under analogous reaction conditions. Further, structural dissimilarity in these MOFs has been judicially supported by proton conductance studies. MOF 1 shows higher proton (10(-5) S cm(-1)) conductance in comparison to 2 (10(-6) S cm(-1)) due to dissimilar alignment of the hydrogen-bonded water molecules in the hydrophilic pocket as well as crystal packing.

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