Preservation of chirality and polarity between chiral and polar building units in the solid state

Romain Gautier, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier

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The new lamellar phases [Zn(2,2-bpy) 2(H 2O) 2](ZrF 6)·3H 2O (I) and [Ni(2,2-bpy) 3](MoO 2F 4)·5H 2O (II) (bpy = bipyridine), which are built from a chiral cation and respectively an inherently nonpolar and a polar anion, provide two contrasting structures with respect to chirality and polarity in the solid state. Each nonpolar layer of I contains enantiomers of both handednesses; conversely, each layer of II contains only a δ or λ enantiomer and polar anions oriented along the b or -b axes. A comparison with previously reported structures reveals which combinations and interactions between chiral and polar basic building units can preserve elements of polarity and chirality in the solid state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10613-10618
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2012


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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