Controlled hierarchical self-assembly of networked coordination nanocapsules: Via the use of molecular chaperones

Xiangquan Hu, Sisi Feng, Jialei Du, Li Shao, Jinxin Lang, Chen Zhang, Steven P. Kelley, Jian Lin, Scott J. Dalgarno, David A. Atwood, Jerry L. Atwood

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Supramolecular chaperones play an important role in directing the assembly of multiple protein subunits and redox-active metal ions into precise, complex and functional quaternary structures. Here we report that hydroxyl tailed C-alkylpyrogallol[4]arene ligands and redox-active MnII ions, with the assistance of proline chaperone molecules, can assemble into two-dimensional (2D) and/or three-dimensional (3D) networked nanocapsules. Dimensionality is controlled by coordination between the exterior of nanocapsule subunits, and endohedral functionalization within the 2D system is achieved via chaperone guest encapsulation. The tailoring of surface properties of nanocapsules via coordination chemistry is also shown as an effective method for the fine-tuning magnetic properties, and electrochemical and spectroscopic studies support that the nanocapsule is an effective homogeneous water-oxidation electrocatalyst, operating at pH 6.07 with an exceptionally low overpotential of 368 mV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12547-12552
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Science
Issue number46
StatePublished - Dec 14 2020

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Funding Information:
We thank University of Missouri for nancial and research facility support of this work. We thank the U.S. National Science Foundation for support of this work (1825352). This work was also partially supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (ZR2018BB035, 2019GSF109013), Shanxi Province (201701D121039).

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