Synthesis and characterisation of a chiral lanthanoid cluster with an unusually exposed cubane core via concomitant deesterification of ethyl acetate

Philip Andrews, William Gee, Peter Junk, Jonathan MacLellan

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An unusual chiral lanthanoid cluster has been synthesised and characterised that exhibits a cubane cage motif with a remarkably exposed central core. This discovery stems from the use of a new asymmetric diketone ligand, (Z)-3-hydroxy-3-methyl-1-(1,2:3,4-di-O-isopropylidene-a-D-galactopyranose)prop-2-en-1-one (Hmgp), which incorporates both a methyl terminus and a protected D-galactose moiety to induce chirality. Reaction of this ligand with hydrated holmium chloride results in the formation of a cubane cluster, [Ho4(l3-OH)4(g2-mgp)6(l-g2-mgp)(l-g2-Ac)(H2O)2] (1), which bears seven chiral ligands that form a highly shielded hemisphere and an acetate co-ligand that is postulated to form via deesterification of ethyl acetate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2837 - 2842
Number of pages6
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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