Nanoscale ensembles using building blocks inspired by the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site

Julie L. Boyer, Thomas B. Rauchfuss, Scott R. Wilson

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The hydrogenase model [Fe2(S2C3H6)(CN)2(CO)4]2- was employed as a molecular tecton for the construction of supramolecular aggregates. IR spectroscopy indicated that cyanide bridged aggregates are formed when [Fe2(S2C3H6)(CN)2(CO)4]2- was treated with Lewis acids such as Zn(tetraphenylporphyrinate), [Cu(NCMe)(2,2′-bipyridine)]PF6 and [Cu(NCMe)4]PF6. Condensation of [Fe2(S2C3H6)(CN)2(CO)4]2- with the tritopic Lewis acid [Cp*Rh]2+ afforded the novel expanded tetrahedron cage, {[Fe2(S2C3H6)(CN)2(CO)4]6[Cp*Rh]4}4-. The tetrahedron cage was characterized crystallographically as the PPN salt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)922-925
Number of pages4
JournalComptes Rendus Chimie
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2008


  • Cage compounds
  • Carbonyl ligands
  • Cyanide
  • Lewis acids
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)


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