Daniel Preston - Title: Trying to make complicated stuff from simple bits and pieces


All of our genetic instructions arise from a four letter alphabet, two sets of complementary base pairs. This is a common biological characteristic: the generation of large and complicated structures and intricate function from simple building blocks. In contrast, the self-assembled architectures generated by metallosupramolecular chemists from simple components are generally far simpler in structure1 and behaviour.2 This talk will give an overview of our efforts to use the different ways in which ligands assemble around square planar metal ions to make assemblies that are more structurally,3 behaviourally4 or functionally5 complex.



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2. Wang W., Wang Y.X., Yang H.B.,* Chem. Soc. Rev, 2016, 45, 2656.

3. Preston D.,* Inglis A.R., Garden A.L., Kruger P.E., Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 13271.

4. Preston D.,* Inglis A.R., Crowley J.D., Kruger P.E., Chem. –Asian J., 2019, 14, 3404.

5. Preston D.,* Sutton J.J., Gordon K.C., Crowley J.D., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 8659.