Research Research projects Squaramide cages This project will involve the synthesis of two simple ligands containing a squaramide, and the formation of their [MnL2n]2n+ cages (M = PdII and PtII, n = 2 or 3). The ability of these architectures to recognize relevant anions will then be explored. school Student intakeThis project is open for Honours, Master, PhD and Summer scholar students. group Group Groups Preston Group label Research theme Research themes Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry traffic Project status Project status Potential Contact contact_support Contact Contact name Dan Preston Contact position Group Leader Contact email Daniel.Preston@anu.edu.au Content navigation toc About Anion binding is important for sensing and/or removal of toxic or polluting compounds. Squaramides (shown in the red box) are a commonly used group for molecular recognition. They can recognise anions through hydrogen bonding to their amide protons. While squaramides have been used extensively in organic receptors including macrocycles, they have not been widely incorporated into discrete metallosupramolecular assemblies. Metallosupramolecular assemblies consist of organic ligands combined with metal ions, and these structures often have cavities capable of binding guests. This project will involve the synthesis of two simple ligands containing a squaramide, and the formation of their [MnL2n]2n+ cages (M = PdII and PtII, n = 2 or 3). The ability of these architectures to recognise relevant anions will then be explored.