• Binoy K Saha

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    • Network and guest dependent thermal stability and thermal expansion in a trigonal host

      Viswanadha G Saraswatula Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat Suman Bhattacharya Binoy K Saha

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      Thermal stability and thermal expansion of bromo trimer synthon mediated hexagonal inclusion compounds of 2,4,6-tris(4-bromophenoxy)-1,3,5-triazine (BrPOT) with dichloromethane (DCM), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and hexamethyl benzene (HMB) and also the guest-free form of BrPOT are reported. Each of these three guests produced two concomitant inclusion compounds with BrPOT. The thermal stability of the solvate lattice increases with decreasing cavity size. The channel network of the DCM inclusion compound is stable only for a few seconds at room temperature outside the mother liquor, whereas the cage network of the DCM solvate is stable for months under similar conditions. Thermal expansions of the lattices depend upon the network, guest content as well as the type of guest molecules. The guest-free form exhibits the least thermal expansion in this series of systems.

    • Conformation driven complexation of two analogous benzimidazole based tripodal ligands with Ag(I) resulting in a trigonal prism and a coordination polymer

      Suman Bhattacharya Binoy K Saha

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      Two analogous tripodal ligands, namely, 1,3,5-tris(benzimidazol-1-ylmethyl)-2,4,6-triethylbenzene (1-Et) and 1,3,5-tris(benzimidazol-1-ylmethyl)-2,4,6-trimethoxybenzene (1-OMe) have been used for complexation with silver(I) tetrafluoroborate. A trinuclear Ag(I) salt, formulated as $\mathbf{[Ag_3(1-Et)_2]^{3+}(BF_4){}^{−}_{3}\bullet 7CH_3CN\bullet yH_2O}$ was formed in the complexation reaction of 1-Et with silver(I) tetrafluoroborate, which consists of a trigonal prismatic cation formed by three bicoordinated Ag(I) coordinated with two 1-Et ligands. In case of the 1-OMe ligand, however, a one dimensional ladder, formulated as $\mathbf{[(Ag(1-OMe)OH_2)^{+}(BF_4)^{−}\bullet MeOH]_{\infty}}$ was obtained which is constituted of a tetracoordinated Ag(I) center in a distorted tetrahedral environment. The crystal structures of the ligand hydrates namely $\mathbf{1-Et\bullet H_2O}$ and $\mathbf{1-OMe\bullet 3.6H_2O}$ have been discussed along with the structure of methanol solvate-hydrate of 1-Et. The imidazole rings of the Bim groups in 1-Et in the crystal structures of the ligand as well as in its coordination complex with the Ag(I) are pointed inward with respect to the central ring, whereas it is pointed outwards in the crystal structures of 1-OMe as well as its Ag(I) complex.

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