Transition Metal Chemistry

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 505–510 | Cite as

Synthesis of a Four-Strand N2O2-Donor Ligand and its Transition Metal Complexation Probed by Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometry

  • Geoffrey A. Lawrance
  • Marcel Maeder
  • Mark J. Robertson
  • Sutrisno


The four-strand and potentially N2O2-donor ligand 2,3-endo,endo-bis(aminomethyl)-5,6-endo,endo-bis(hydroxymethyl)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptane (L1), a close analogue of the known tetraalcohol 2,3,5,6-endo,endo,endo,endo-tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptane (L2), has been prepared via a multi-step synthesis and isolated as the copper(II) complex [Cu(L1)2](ClO4)2. An ESI-MS study of the complex and metal ion exchange with other transition metal ions (Fe2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Mn2+ or Zn2+) indicates that 1:1 complexes form readily. Apparently special stability for the Ni2+ species observed in the ESI-MS study suggests strong encapsulation of this ion.


Mass Spectrometry Metal Complexation Encapsulation Heptane Electrospray Ionisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey A. Lawrance
    • 1
  • Marcel Maeder
    • 1
  • Mark J. Robertson
    • 1
  • Sutrisno
    • 1
  1. 1.Discipline of Chemistry, School of Environmental and Life SciencesThe University of NewcastleAustralia

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