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Keywords:

  • electrostatic interactions;
  • materials science;
  • metal–metal interactions;
  • nanostructures;
  • platinum
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Wheely springy wires: Freestanding and crystalline submicrometer wires, springs, and wheels are grown in aqueous acetonitrile dispersions starting from the organoplatinum(II) complexes 1 and 2(PF6). The growth mechanism is proposed to involve ligand-substitution reactions and electrostatic and PtII⋅⋅⋅PtII interactions.