Coupled molecular switches: a redox-responsive ligand and the redox-switched complexation of metal ions.

1,1'-(OC2H4OTos)2-ferrocene was treated with various diaza-[n]-crown-m (n/m = 12/4, 15/5, 18/6) to give three ferrocene cryptands (n/m = 12/4 (FcCrypt), 15/5, 18/6). The complexation of Group 1 and 2 metal ions by FcCrypt leads to large shifts in the redox potentials (up to +500 mV relative to FcCrypt) and consequently to a drastic decrease in the binding… CONTINUE READING