Turner Group Publications

Our main recent publications are shown below. For a full and up-to-date list of publications see here.


Highly connected framework materials from flexible tetra-isophthalate ligands

A.Y. Chahine, A.L. Chaffee, G.P. Knowles, D.R. Turner, S.R. Batten. CrystEngComm, 2022, in press. DOI: 10.1039/D2CE00269H.

A new class of tetra-isophthalate “hyper-carboxylate” ligands, containing flexible, linear diamine cores, provide a synthetic strategy that generally trends towards three-dimensional networks of high connectivity.


Enantioselective chiral sorption of 1-phenylethanol by homochiral 1D coordination polymers

W. Cao, O.P. Missen, D.R. Turner. Inorg. Chem. Front., 2022, 9, 709-718. DOI: 10.1039/D1QI01457A.

Differences in enantioselective behaviour of two closely-related chiral 1D coordination polymers are shown to relate to their slight differences in structure.Single crystal data  indicates that the enantioselective preference of one compound is due to an array of interactions with the hydroxyl group of the (R)-enantiomer.


Steric control of sorting regimes in self-assembled cages

S.E. Walker, S.A. Boer, T. Malcomson, M.J. Paterson, K.L. Tuck, D.R. Turner. Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 12456-12459. DOI: 10.1039/D1CC05610G.

Control of self-sorting regimes is achieved through adjustment of steric interactions in self-assembled coordination cages. The self-assembly regime of dynamic mixtures of heteroleptic cages is followed by HPLC to show that statistical or biased distributions can be selectively obtained, including isolation of a single heteroleptic species.


Towards a generalized synthetic strategy for variable sized, enantiopure M4L4 helicates

S.A. Boer, W. Cao, B. Glascott, D.R. Turner. Chemistry, 2020, 2(3), 613-625. DOI: 10.3990/chemistry2030038.

The reliable and predictable synthesis of enantiopure coordination cages is an important step towards the realization of discrete cages capable of enantioselective discrimination. We have built upon our initial report of a lantern-type helical cage in attempts to expand the synthesis into a general approach.