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Keywords:

  • coordination modes;
  • N ligands;
  • self-assembly;
  • supramolecular chemistry;
  • zinc
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Where there′s a wheel, there′s a way: The terpyridine-based title system has been synthesized through a facile self-assembly process. Two tris(terpyridine) ligands possessing angles of either 120° or 60° between adjacent tpy units were mixed with a stoichiometric amount of Zn2+ (2:6:12) to generate the desired coordination-driven bicycle-like wheel (90 % yield).