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Vernier Templating of Nanoscopic Porphyrin Rings

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  • Prof. Dr. Arjan W. Kleij

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    1. Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Av. Països Catalans 16, 43007 Tarragona (Spain) http://www.iciq.es
    2. Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Pg. Lluís Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona (Spain)
    • Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Av. Països Catalans 16, 43007 Tarragona (Spain) http://www.iciq.es
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  • ICIQ, ICREA, Consolider Ingenio 2010 (project CSD2006-0003) and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN, CTQ2008-02050) are thanked for financial support.

Abstract

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Growing bigger: A versatile approach toward the construction of nanosize π-conjugated macrocycles by Vernier templation has been demonstrated. The use of linear tetranuclear ZnII porprhyrin complexes and a suitable and readily available six-site template leads to formation and isolation of a giant, monodisperse macrocycle in a limited amount of synthetic steps, marking Vernier complex formation a powerful and new tool for the creation of superstructures (see picture).

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