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The spontaneous self-assembly of a molecular water pipe in 3D space

The spontaneous self-assembly of a molecular water pipe in 3D space
The spontaneous self-assembly of a molecular water pipe in 3D space

The self-assembly and self-organization of water molecules are relevant in many fields of research. When water spontaneously reacts with 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine (TMP) to form colourless and crystalline discrete needles, only in the exact ratio of 2:1, it is important to understand the phenomenon. Single-crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction data have unveiled that TMP self-assembles around columns of water molecules, and as such, the resulting adduct may be described as a series of molecular water pipes.

biomimetic artificial water channels, crystal generation, neutron diffraction, self-assembly, TMP, water pipes, X-ray diffraction
2052-2525
364-369
Butler, Ian R.
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Evans, Daniel M.
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Horton, Peter N.
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Coles, Simon J.
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Butler, Ian R., Evans, Daniel M., Horton, Peter N., Coles, Simon J., Parker, Stewart F. and Capelli, Silvia C. (2022) The spontaneous self-assembly of a molecular water pipe in 3D space. IUCrJ, 9, 364-369. (doi:10.1107/S2052252522003396).

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The self-assembly and self-organization of water molecules are relevant in many fields of research. When water spontaneously reacts with 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine (TMP) to form colourless and crystalline discrete needles, only in the exact ratio of 2:1, it is important to understand the phenomenon. Single-crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction data have unveiled that TMP self-assembles around columns of water molecules, and as such, the resulting adduct may be described as a series of molecular water pipes.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 March 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 April 2022
Published date: 1 May 2022
Additional Information: Funding Information: We thank the EPSRC for funding the UK National Crystallography Service at the University of Southampton for the X-ray structure determination. Publisher Copyright: © 2022 International Union of Crystallography. All rights reserved.
Keywords: biomimetic artificial water channels, crystal generation, neutron diffraction, self-assembly, TMP, water pipes, X-ray diffraction

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Local EPrints ID: 470081
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/470081
ISSN: 2052-2525
PURE UUID: 453ab900-848d-48bd-8485-cc477d36fdaf
ORCID for Peter N. Horton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8886-2016
ORCID for Simon J. Coles: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8414-9272

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Date deposited: 03 Oct 2022 16:37
Last modified: 04 Oct 2022 01:37

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Author: Ian R. Butler
Author: Daniel M. Evans
Author: Peter N. Horton ORCID iD
Author: Simon J. Coles ORCID iD
Author: Stewart F. Parker
Author: Silvia C. Capelli

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