This thesis is concerned with the synthesis of ditopic ligands than can both coordinate transition metal ions and interact with anions. All the ligands contained two or more bidentate thiazole-pyridyl N-donor coordination domains and two or more secondary amine units which have shown to interact well with anions.

In Chapter 2 the bidentate thiazole-pyridyl ligands (L2.1, L2.2 and L2.3) were synthesised in moderate yields via diamine starting materials following a simple three step procedure. This involved, benzoyl-isothiocyanation, base hydrolysis and finally a Hantzsch thiazole ring closure reaction. Each of the three ligands have the same basic functionality with two thiazole-pyridyl domains separated by a spacer unit.,L2.1 contains a diamino 1,2-ethyl central spacer unit, L2.2a diamino 1,4-butyl central spacer unit and L2.3a diaminocis-1,4-but-2-ene central spacer unit. The coordination chemistry of L2.1, L2.2 and L2.3 with Cu(II) metal salts (usually as the ClO4-, BF4- and triflate salts) was examined, as well as other selected counter anions. For L2.1six different helicate architectures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction as well as being confirmed in the gas phase by ESI-MS for the systems concerning. These included the dinuclear double helicates; [(L2.1)2Cu2(trif)2]2+, [(L2.1)2Cu2(H2O)2(NO3)4], [(L2.1)2Cu2]2+, [(L2.1)2Cu2(OSe(OMe)2)]2+and [(L2.1)2Cu2(H2PO4)(trif)]2+. In addition to this the trinuclear helicate [(L2.1)3Cu3(PO4BF3)]3+ was also isolated, where the coordinated dihydrogen phosphate underwent reaction with the tetrafluoroborate anion. For ligand L2.2 two different dinuclear double helicate structures were formed which included [(L2.2)2Cu2(H2PO4)(trif)2]2+ and [(L2.2)2Cu2(PO4(BF3)2)]+ with the latter species arising from reaction of dihydrogen phosphate with the tetrafluoroborate anion. For the alkene-containing ligand L2.3two isomeric helicate structures were obtained with Cu(trif)2 that differ in the coordination of the triflate anion.

A similar synthesis route was used to produce the bis-bidentate ligand L3.1 which comprised of a 2,2’-phenylene central spacer unit linking the two thiazole-pyridyl domains. Again, L3.1was reacted with a series of Cu(II) metal salts and the resulting structures determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction as well as being confirmed in the gas phase by ESI-MS. Two different structures were observed for this system, the mono-nuclear [(L3.1)Cu](ClO4)2 and the tetranuclear circular head-to-tailhelicate [(L3.2)4Cu4](trif)8. In the latter the ligand was observed to undergo a reaction at one of the two amine units with a molecule of the acetonitrile solvent to give a new amidine-containing R2N-C=NH(CH)3unit. This resulted in the ligand system re-programming itself to give the unsymmetrical bidentate/tridentate ligand L3.2 and consequently forming the tetranuclear head-to-tail circular helicate [(L3.2)4Cu4]8+.

The final chapter is concerned with the tripoidal ligand L4.1 which was synthesised in a similar fashion to the previous ligands. However, the ligand contained three bidentate thiazole-pyridyl domains linked by a tris-(aminoethyl)amine (tren) central spacer unit. L4.1 was reacted with a series of Cu(II) metal salts ((ClO4-, BF4-and triflate) and the resulting structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction as well as being confirmed in the gas phase by ESI-MS. Sixteen different anion containing crystal structures were obtained for this system, where 13 of which adopted the [(L4.1)2Cu3A]n+trinuclear capsule type motif (i.e.BF4ˉ, Brˉ, Iˉ, CO32ˉ, SiF62ˉ, VO43ˉ, WO42ˉ, CrO42ˉ, SO42ˉ, AsO43ˉ, SeO42ˉ, SeO32ˉ and PO43ˉ). The larger octahedral iodate anion gave the expanded tetranuclear species [(L4.1)2Cu4(IO6)(H2O)2]4+and dependant on stoichiometry the third row chalcogenide selenite gave the remarkably different [(L4.1)4Cu8(SeO3)4]8+cage type assembly. UV-Vis experiments showed that the self-assembled host ([(L4.1)2Cu3]6+) displayed a high degree of selectivity to shape, size and charge of the guest anion, with the highly charged phosphate anion encapsulated in preference to most common anions. Importantly, gravimetric and ion chromatography experiments showed that the [(L4.1)2Cu3]6+ host system is capable of both forming and encapsulating phosphate anions in a competitive aqueous solvent (i.e. water) and removing them in a virtually stoichiometric manner resulting in concentrations < 0.1 ppm.

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