Rational design of molecular sheets composed of interconnecting eight and twenty-four membered rings: use of lithiated aggregates to control network assembly

K.W. Henderson, A.R. Kennedy, L. MacDonald, D.J. McDougall

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The lithiated (organo)sulfonylacetonitrile complex [MeSO2CHCNLi·THF] (3) has been prepared and structurally characterized in order to demonstrate that well-known molecular aggregates of s-block metals may be used as building blocks in the controlled assembly of complex supramolecular architectures. The solid state structure of 3 can be described as a novel basket-weaved, 2-D network, composed of (SO2Li)2 'dimeric' rings joined via 'interdimer' donation of nitrile units.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2839-2841
Number of pages2
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2003



  • lithiated (organo)sulfonylacetonitrile complex
  • molecular aggregates
  • building blocks
  • supramolecular
  • dimeric

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