The development of heteroditopic receptor systems that can simultaneously bind cationic and anionic species is one of the most challenging research topics in supramolecular chemistry, attracting the attention of a large number of research groups worldwide. Such an interest is due especially to the fact that the overall receptor-ion-pair complex is neutral and this can be advantageous in many situations, such as salt solubilization and extraction, and membrane-transport applications. Receptors designed for ion-pair complexation are molecules comprisingwell-known anion-binding motifs and familiar cation-binding sites. An important family of compounds that can use metal Lewis-acidic centres for anion recognition and that can be easily derivatized to introduce an additional binding site for the cation is metal-salophen and metal-salen complexes. This short review shows that the high versatility of salen and salophen ligands and of the corresponding metal complexes allows, through simple modifications of the basic skeleton, the obtention of highly efficient receptors for ion pairs.
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|Titolo:||Ion-Pair Recognition by Metal-Salophen and Metal-Salen Complexes|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|