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Inorg. Chem., 2012, 51, 4855
A new dirhodium(II,II) paddlewheel complex, [Rh2(O2CC6H4COOC2H5)4] (1), has been synthesized using a predesigned functionalized carboxylate, namely, 4-(ethoxycarbonyl)benzoate. The target product has been crystallized from the acetone solution and structurally characterized as a bis-acetone adduct, [Rh2(O2CC6H4COOC2H5)4(OCMe2)2]·C6H14 (2). By utilizing the ability of dangling ester groups to coordinate to open axial ends of neighboring dirhodium units, 1 can self-assemble to form 2D networks upon crystallization from solutions of noncoordinating solvents such as chlorobenzene and chloroform. The resulting [Rh2(O2CC6H4COOC2H5)4]·2C6H5Cl (3) and [Rh2(O2CC6H4COOC2H5)4]·2CHCl3 (4) products have microporous solid state structures with the pores filled with the corresponding disordered solvent molecules. Notably, 3 and 4 represent unique examples of 2D extended frameworks based on dirhodium tetracarboxylate paddlewheel units devoid of any exogenous ligands. In solution, the dangling ends of carboxylate bridges of 1 have been successfully utilized for condensation reaction with the selected solid support, benzylamine-functionalized polystyrene, allowing successful heterogenization of dirhodium units through the equatorial covalent attachment to the substrate. The resulting solid product was tested as a catalyst in the cyclopropanation reaction of styrene with methyl phenyldiazoacetate to show good yields and diastereoselectivity.
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