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Keywords:

  • gels;
  • metallacycles;
  • platinum;
  • self-assembly;
  • supramolecular chemistry
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A new class of supramolecular organometallic gels with a discrete rhomboidal metallacycle as the main skeleton was fabricated through hierarchical self-assembly (see figure). More importantly, by taking advantage of the dynamic nature of metal–ligand bonds, the stimuli-responsive gel–sol transition of the obtained gels was realized by disassembly and reassembly of the rhomboidal scaffold as controlled by bromide anions.