Mirela Pascu

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The effect of inter-strand and intra-strand interactions is explored in a metallo-supramolecular system in which the metal-ligand coordination requirements may be satisfied by more than one different supramolecular architecture. This is achieved by introducing alkyl substituents onto the spacers of readily prepared bis(pyridylimine) ligands. The alkyl(More)
The design of supramolecular architectures based on isoquinoline-imine ligand systems is described. The isoquinoline affords an extended pi surface and the use of this surface to obtain self-recognition and consequent pi-pi aggregation is investigated. The approach is effective in that each of four complexes is observed to aggregate through these(More)
Triple helical di-iron complexes, readily prepared through interaction of iron(II) ions with imine-based ligands, are cylinder-shaped tetracations comparable in size and shape to common protein DNA recognition units. They have a strong tendency to coil DNA, and have recently been found to induce formation of three-way junctions in palindromic(More)
The DNA binding of a dicationic pyridylimine-based dicopper(I) metallosupramolecular cylinder is reported together with its ability to act as an artificial nuclease. The cylinder binds strongly to DNA; more strongly than the spherical dication [Ru(phen)(3)](2+) (phen=1,10-phenanthroline), but more weakly than the corresponding tetracationic cylinders. DNA(More)
A new diazine tetratopic helicand, H4L, is obtained from 3-formylsalicylic acid and hydrazine. The reaction between H4L and cobalt(II) perchlorate, iron(III) perchlorate, and sodium carbonate leads to triple-stranded tetranuclear anionic helicates, [L3Co(II)2Fe(III)2]2-, which are connected through Na ions, resulting in chiral coordination polymers,(More)
Aggregation of metallo-supramolecular architectures through additional coordination is explored by introducing metal-binding units onto the outside of the supramolecular architectures. This is achieved within the framework of our imine-based approach to supramolecular architecture, by replacing the pyridylimine units with pyrazylketimine units. An advantage(More)
A novel Cu(II)-Mn(II) hexanuclear complex of formula [[MnCuL](3)(tma)](ClO(4))(3).8H(2)O [H(2)L = macrocyclic Robson proligand; H(3)tma = trimesic acid] has been obtained by connecting three heterobinuclear [Cu(II)Mn(II)L](2+) cationic species through the trimesate anion. The complex exhibits a C(3) rotational symmetry, imposed by the geometry of the(More)
The facile synthesis of anionic bipyridyl ligands with dinuclear clathrochelate cores is described. These metalloligands can be obtained in high yields by the reactions of M(ClO4 )2 (H2 O)6 (M: Zn, Mn, or Co) with 4-pyridylboronic acid and 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenol oxime or 2,6-diformyl-4-tert-butylphenol oxime, followed by deprotonation. The ligands are(More)
A new methodology is presented to measure water-air partition coefficients (Henry's constants) of volatiles, using APCI-MS. Significant advantages over other Henry's constant determination methods include the short measurement and sample preparation time and the possibility for simultaneous measurement of multiple volatiles. The methodology is validated by(More)