The synthesis of a new triaminoguanidinium-based ligand with three tris-chelating [NNO]-binding pockets and C3 symmetry is described. The reaction of tris-(2-pyridinylene-N-oxide)triaminoguanidinium salts with zinc(II) formate leads to the formation of cyclic supramolecular coordination compounds which in solution bind fullerenes in their spherical cavities. The rapid encapsulation of C60 can be observed by NMR spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction and is verified using computation.
- cage compounds
- density functional calculations
- host–guest systems