Rangoli with tin drums: C-H---O bond-assisted supramolecular grids involving organostannoxane clusters
by Chandrasekhar, Vadapalli; Nagendran, Selvarajan; Bansal, Sachin; Cordes, A. Wallace; Vij, Ashwani
The reaction of n-Bu Sn(O)OH with RCOOH affords hexameric compounds [n-BuSn(O)OC(O)R](6), R = CH2C5H4FeC5H5 (1) and 2,4,6-Me3C6H2 (2). The compounds 1 and 2 have drum-like structures with a prismane type Sn6O6 core. Both 1 and 2 form supramolecular 2D grid-like assemblies as a result of intermolecular C-H - - - O bonds between the ferrocenyl C-H and the carboxylate oxygen in the case of compound 1 and the C-H of the p-CH3 group and the carboxylate oxygen in the case of compound 2. In each case six stannoxane molecules surround a central hexameric stannoxane in a highly symmetric manner, although C-H - - - O bonds connect only four molecules together. The overall architecture of the supramolecular assembly is reminiscent of a highly repetitive decorative pattern.
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