Self assembly of radicals and other species
In order to fully explore and apply interactions between unpaired electrons we are investigating self-assembled metal coordination compounds. Our initial foray into this area involved diamagnetic hydrazone ligands and zinc ions, allowing us to use NMR as an analytical tool. This resulted in a joint publication with the research group of Jean-Marie Lehn (Barboiu et al.2006) and a more recent study using dynamic NMR (Dutta et al. 2011). One of the grid complexes from this paper is shown below.