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Programmable synthesis of silver wheels

Kwon, H.*; Pietrasiak, E.*; Ohara, Takashi  ; Nakao, Akiko*; Chae, B.*; Hwang, C.-C.*; Jung, D.*; Hwang, I.-C.*; Ko, Y. H.*; Kim, K.*; Lee, E.*

The synthesis of sandwich-shaped multinuclear silver complexes with planar penta- and tetranuclear wheel-shaped silver units and a central anion is reported, along with complete spectroscopic and structural characterization. An NMR mechanistic study reveals that silver complexes were formed in the following order: 2Ag $$rightarrow$$ 3Ag$$^{rm H2O}$$ $$rightarrow$$ 5Ag$$^{rm OH}$$ $$rightarrow$$ 4Ag$$^{rm OH}$$. The central hydroxides in 4Ag$$^{rm OH}$$ and 5Ag$$^{rm OH}$$ exhibit exotic physical properties due to the confined environment inside the complex. The size of these silver wheels can be tuned by changing the central anion or extracting/adding one silver atom. This study provides the facile way to synthesize discrete wheel-shaped multinuclear silver complexes and provides valuable insights into the dynamics of the self-assembly process.

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