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Self-Assembly of Organostannoxanes: Formation of Gels in Aromatic Solvents

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Organometallics

Source : Organometallics, vol. 28, pp. 4593-4601, 2009

Campus : Amritapuri

School : School of Arts and Sciences

Department : Chemistry

Year : 2009

Abstract : Organostannoxane drums [n-BuSn(O)O2C-C6H4-4-OR]6 [R = −CH3 (1); −C9H19 (2); −C11H23 (3)] and [n-BuSn(O)O2C-C6H3-3,5-(OR)2]6 [R = −CH3 (4); −C9H19 (5)] were synthesized by the reaction of n-BuSn(O)(OH) with the corresponding carboxylic acid in a 1:1 stoichiometry. Analogous reactions involving [n-Bu2SnO]n in a 1:1 stoichiometry afforded the diorganostannoxane ladders {[n-Bu2SnO2C-C6H4-4-OR]2O}2 [R = −CH3 (6); −C9H19 (7); −C11H23 (8)] and {[n-Bu2SnO2C-C6H3-3,5-(OR)2]2O}2 [R = −CH3 (9) and −C9H19 (10)]. Compounds 1−10 could also be prepared by a solventless methodology, which involved grinding the reactants together in a mortar and pestle at room temperature. Compounds 1−10 exhibit gelation behavior in aromatic solvents. In contrast, in aliphatic solvents gelation behavior was not observed. Among the organostannoxanes reported here, 2, 3, 5, and 8 were found to be extremely efficient gelators based on their critical gelation concentration values. The microstructure of the organometallic gels, investigated by optical and scanning electron microscopy, reveals the presence of cross-linked network structures. The gels formed from 2 and 3 can be converted into xerogels by removal of solvent. The latter can be reconverted into the original gels by treatment with aromatic solvents.

Cite this Research Publication : Vadapalli Chandrasekhar, Dr. Gopal K., Puja Singh, Ramakirushnan Suriya Narayanan, and Andrew Duthie, “Self-Assembly of Organostannoxanes: Formation of Gels in Aromatic Solvents”, Organometallics, vol. 28, pp. 4593-4601, 2009

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