A new family of supramolecular metalloamphiphiles carrying two metal centers is developed. They are formed by bridging two coordinatively unsaturated lipophilic Tb3+ complexes (TbL+) with chiral dicarboxylate anions. The formation of bridging coordination bonds is confirmed using UV spectroscopy, induced circular dichroism (ICD), increased luminescence intensity of TbL+, and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESIMS) analysis. These supramolecular metalloamphiphiles hierarchically self-assemble in ethanol to give luminescent nanospheres, as observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The two hydroxyl groups introduced in the bridging ligands of [TbL]2(d-/l-tartrate) significantly promote self-assembly by increasing coherent forces via intermolecular hydrogen bonding. The observed self-assembly in ethanol also merits mention because such polar alcoholic media have been unfavorable for conventional molecular self-assemblies. The present approach offers a new molecular design strategy for composable metalloamphiphiles.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces