Solid-state structural transformation and photoluminescence properties of supramolecular coordination compounds

Dipankar Ghosh, Oddný Ragnarsdóttir, Daníel Arnar Tómasson, Krishna K. Damodaran*

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Abstract

The combination of strong coordination bonds and hydrogen bonding interactions were used to generate a series of supramolecular coordination materials (SCMs), which was achieved by reacting a bispyridyl amide ligand, namely N-(4-pyridyl) nicotinamide (4PNA) with copper (II), zinc (II), and cadmium (II) benzoates. The SCMs were structurally characterized using X-ray diffraction and the key intermolecular interactions were identified via Hirshfeld surface analysis. The role of solvent molecules on the supramolecular architecture was analyzed by synthesizing the SCMs in different solvents/solvent mixtures. A solvent-mediated solid-state structural transformation was observed in copper (II) SCMs and we were able to isolate the intermediate form of the crystal-to- crystal transformation process. The luminescence experiments revealed that complexation enhanced the fluorescence properties of 4PNA in the zinc (II) and cadmium (II) SCMs, but a reverse phenomenon was observed in the copper (II) SCMs. This work demonstrated the tuning of supramolecular assembly in coordination compounds as a function of solvents for generating SCMs with diverse properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalSymmetry
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This research received no external funding. We thank the Science Institute and the University of Iceland Research Fund for the financial support. D.G. thanks the University of Iceland Research Fund for Doctoral Research. We thank the Rannis Iceland Infrastructure grant (150998–0031) for the single-crystal X-ray diffractometer.

Funding Information:
This research received no external funding. We thank the Science Institute and the University of Iceland Research Fund for the financial support. D.G. thanks the University of Iceland Research Fund for Doctoral Research. We thank the Rannis Iceland Infrastructure grant (150998-0031) for the single-crystal X-ray diffractometer.

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Other keywords

  • Crystal-to-crystal transforma-tion
  • Hirshfeld surface analysis
  • Hydrogen bonding
  • Photoluminescence
  • Supramolecular coordination materials

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