Kirill Nikitin

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Triphenylhalophosphonium halides, Ph(3)PX(2), form crystals comprising bridged linear cations [Ph(3)P-X-X-X-PPh(3)](+) where the X(3) bridge is shortened from 6.56 Å in Cl-Cl-Cl to 6.37 Å in the Br-Br-Br system. It is proposed that this structure is stabilised by five-centre/six-electron (5c-6e) hypervalent interactions.
This paper demonstrates a novel facile method for fabrication of patterned arrays of gold nanoparticles on Si/SiO2 by combining electron beam lithography and self-assembly techniques. Our strategy is to use direct-write electron beam patterning to convert nitro functionality in self-assembled monolayers of 3-(4-nitrophenoxy)-propyltrimethoxysilane to amino(More)
This paper describes the self-assembly of a heterosupramolecular system consisting of a tripodal [2]rotaxane adsorbed at the surface of a titanium dioxide nanoparticle. The tripodal [2]rotaxane consists of a dumbbell-shaped molecule, incorporating two electron-poor viologens, threading an electron-rich crown ether. The [2]rotaxane also incorporates a bulky(More)
Translational movement of the macrocycle in two structurally similar bistable [2]rotaxanes, which is induced by a four-step electrochemical process in solution, has been investigated by using a methodology developed in the preceding article (Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 1107-1116). Both [2]rotaxanes contain a crown ether that can be accommodated by either of two(More)
The syntheses, X-ray crystal structures, and molecular dynamics of 9-ferrocenylanthracene, 3, 9,10-diferrocenylanthracene, 4, 9-ferrocenyltriptycene, 7, and 9,10-diferrocenyltriptycene, 8, are reported. At 193 K, 3 exhibits C(s) symmetry via oscillation of the ferrocenyl only about the anthracene plane; at higher temperatures, complete rotation about the(More)
In [eta(6)-2-(9-triptycyl)-indene]tricarbonylchromium (2a), the indenyl-chromium moiety is linked directly to the axis of the three-bladed triptycene paddlewheel. However, the molecular structure of 2a reveals that there is no steric interaction between these components, and the paddlewheel is free to rotate. Accordingly, its NMR spectrum indicates the full(More)
The calculated phenyl rotation barrier in 9-phenylanthracene has been reported as ~21 kcal mol(-1), but experimental verification of this barrier is limited by its intrinsic symmetry. V-T NMR indicated the barrier to interconversion of the syn (C(2v)) and anti (C(2h)) rotamers of 9,10-bis(3-fluorophenyl)anthracene to be ~21 kcal mol(-1). Likewise, the V-T(More)
Bistable [2]rotaxanes have been attached through a bulky tripodal linker to the surface of titanium dioxide nanoparticles and studied by cyclic voltammetry and spectroelectrochemical methods. The axle component in the [2]rotaxane contains two viologen sites, V(1) and V(2), interconnected by a rigid terphenylene bridge. In their parent dication states,(More)
Rates and energy barriers of degenerate halide substitution on tetracoordinate halophosphonium cations have been measured by NMR techniques (VT and EXSY) using a novel experimental design whereby a chiral substituent ((s)Bu) lifts the degeneracy of the resultant salts. Concomitantly, a viable computational approach to the system was developed to gain(More)