• Arunachalam Ramanan

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    • Crystallization of organically templated phosphomolybdate cluster-based solids from aqueous solution

      Minakshi Asnani Dinesh Kumar T Duraisamy Arunachalam Ramanan

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      The paper reports the synthesis and structural characterization of several organic-inorganic solids involving phosphomolybdate clusters. The Strandberg-type {P2Mo$^{\text{VI}}_5$O23} and the lower-valent {P4Mo$^V_6$O31} cluster based solids were isolated in the presence of $en$ (ethylenediamine) by controlling pH of the reaction medium. The lower-valent cluster invariably requires the presence of a suitable metal cation for further stabilization. A detailed investigation of the system was carried out where three different weak acids viz. oxalic acid, succinic acid and glycine were used in the entire pH range (1-12). Our results establish that the organic amine ($en$) is alone capable of reducing the molybdenum core in the absence of an organic acid at a suitable pH. Hence, pH of the reaction medium combined with suitable temperature favours the formation of lower-valent phosphomolybdate cluster. Higher pH favours the precipitation of a new sodium hydrogen phosphate.

    • What Triggers Supramolecular Isomerism in Nonmolecular Solids? A case study of Copper Pyridazine Halides


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      Molecular recognition and aggregation occurring in solution are critical events towards the nucleation and growth of a crystal. However, controlling aggregation towards a particular supramolecular assembly is difficult due to lack of information on its thermodynamics and kinetics. Hence, the occurrence of supramolecularisomers is hardly recognized. In this paper, therefore, we demonstrate a retrosynthetic analysis to interpret the occurrence of isostructures and supramolecular isomers and predict the possibility of new phases in copperhalide-pyridazine- H₂O system. A significant feature of this paper is the use of crystal engineering tools, namely, synthons and tectons to interpret the phase diagram of a system. The structure-synthesis correlation discussed here provides chemical insight to evolve a synthetic protocol to interpret and predict the possibilityof supramolecular isomers in metal organic solids.

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