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Keywords:

  • anions;
  • hydrogen bonds;
  • metallomacrocycles;
  • molecular motion;
  • palladium
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Anion switches: A bistable self-assembled metal–organic macrocycle undergoes intramolecular conformational motion that is switched reversibly with anions by multiple hydrogen-bonding interactions (see picture; Pd orange, N blue, O red). The molecular bowl fixed with a nitrate anion could be freed to a partial chair by adding a tetraphenylborate anion.