A crystalline zinc(II) complex showing hollow hexagonal tubular morphology evolution, selective dye absorption and unique response to UV irradiation

Yi Xiang Shi, Wu Xiang Li, Huan Huan Chen, David James Young, Wen Hua Zhang, Jian Ping Lang

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Abstract

A protonated mononuclear complex [Zn(Hbpvp)Cl3] (1) is assembled by solvothermal reaction of Zn(NO3)2·6H2O with 3,5-bis-(2-(pyridin-4-yl)vinyl)pyridine (bpvp) in DMF/H2O with a few drops of concentrated HCl added. Hydrogen-bonded zigzag chains of 1 crystallize over time to form large-size hollow hexagonal tubular crystals whose evolution from irregular crystal seeds is monitored by SEM and PXRD. Upon UV light irradiation, single crystals of 1 undergo a stereoselective [2+2] photocycloaddition while its Methyl Blue-coated crystals keep intact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5515-5518
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Volume53
Issue number40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2017
Externally publishedYes

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