Biomimetic Self-Assembly of CoII-Seamed Hexameric Metal-Organic Nanocapsules

Xiangquan Hu, Jie Chai, Chen Zhang, Jinxin Lang, Steven P. Kelley, Sisi Feng, Bin Liu, David A. Atwood, Jerry L. Atwood

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A CoII18L6 hexameric metal-organic nanocapsule (MONC) has been prepared and characterized using biomimetic self-assembly as the synthetic methodology. Akin to the biological behavior of zinc-finger proteins' release, uptake, and electrophilic substitution of Zn2+ ions, the assembly of this novel MONC has been accomplished by employing three sequential processes: assembly of the framework, metal ion insertion, and metal exchange, resulting in the formation of the CoII18L6 hexameric MONC. In this work, inspired by the biological behavior of metalloproteins, rational control of multiple complex supramolecular self-assembly has been achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9151-9154
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 12 2019

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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