New rotary molecular machines (1 and 2) were synthetically constructed from two distinct porphyrin-based rotors, a cerium(IV) bis(porphyrinate)s double-decker (CeDD) and a porphyrinatorhodium(III)-based rotor. These rotors are adjacently mounted on rotational axes aligned to near vertical as resembling the bevel-gear-shaped structure. Structural study using NMR analysis reveals that these distinct rotors are connected through a coordination bond between rhodium(III) and a pyridyl group. At temperature from 193 to 393 K, each rotor represents rotational motion driven by heat fluctuation without decomposition into the corresponding precursors in dichloromethane-d2 and tetrachloroethane-d4. Importantly, the mechanical interaction between the teeth of these rotors is strongly dependent on the central metal atom in a DD rotor and the teeth structure in a porphyrinatorhodium(III)-based rotor. Understanding such relationship between the chemical structures and mechanical interaction is of importance for generating cooperative motion in the hybrid machinery system.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials|
|Publication status||Published - 2013 Jan|
- Cooperative motion
- Double-decker complex
- Mechanical interaction
- Molecular gears