An unstable ligand-unsupported Cu1 dimer stabilized in a supramolecular framework

Shao Liang Zheng, Marc Messerschmidt, Philip Coppens

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(Chemical Equation Presented) A stable environment: A [Cu-(NH 3)2]22+ dimer with weak cuprophilicity is stabilized in the cavities of a supramolecular framework (see structure). This CuI dimer is otherwise unstable, so stabilization within a supramolecular matrix offers an unprecedented opportunity for systematic studies of the isolated dimeric species, either in the ground state or the excited state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4614-4617
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 18 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Copper
  • Density functional calculations
  • Host-guest systems
  • Metal-metal interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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