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Syntheses, Structures and Properties of Metallacages and -coronands

We have a long-lasting interest in the chemistry of compounds with metallacoronands and -cryptands. This work was initiated by Nguyen Hung Huy during his PhD work in our groups and was continued by a number of excellent PhD students coming from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Brazil, Cameroon and Germany.

Most of our recent studies in this field were done in collaboration with the groups of Prof. Nguyen Hung Huy and Pham Chien Thang, University of Science Hanoi, Vietnam.


Sailer Santos dos Santos,Vania D. Schwade,Ernesto Schulz Lang,Chien Thang Pham,Maximilian Roca Jungfer, Ulrich Abram and Hung Huy Nguyen

"The Structural Variety of Tellurium Complexes with Bifunctional Thiourea Ligands"

Inorg. Chem., 2024, submitted.



Host-Guest Compounds

Chien Thang Pham, Thuy Thuy Pham, Ulrich Abram and Hung Huy Nguyen

 "Gold(I) {2}-Metallacoronates derived from a Catechol-scaffolding Aroylbis(N,N-diethylthiourea): Syntheses and Structures"

Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2024, e202400012.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/zaac.202400012


Host-Guest Chemistry

Suelen Ferreira Sucena, Türkean Ilgin Demirer, Anna Baitullina, Adelheid Hagenbach, Jacqueline Grewe, Sarah Spreckelmeyer, Juliane März, Astrid Barkleit, Pedro Ivo da Silva Maia, Hung Huy Nguyen, Ulrich Abram 

"Gold-based Coronands as Hosts for M3+ Metal ions: Ring Size Matters"

Molecules, 2023, 28, 5421.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules28145421



Hung Huy Nguyen, Ulrich Abram, Chien Thang Pham

Ammonium-Iron(III) metallacryptate inclusion complexes derived from Aroylbis(N,N-diethylthioureas): Synthesis and Structure

Vietn. J. Chem. 2022, 60, 622-628.

DOI: 10.1002/vjch.202100206


Zinc and Cadmium Chemistry

Vania Denise Schwade, Estefane Isis Teixeira, Fabio Alencar dos Santos, Tanize Bortolotto, Bárbara Tirloni, Ulrich Abram

Fluorescence studies and photocatalytic application for hydrogen production of ZnII and CdII complexes with isophthaloylbis(thioureas)

New J. Chem. 2020, 44, 19598-19611

DOI 10.1039/D0NJ03778H


Host-Guest Complexes

Chien Thang Pham, Maximilian Roca Jungfer, Ulrich Abram

Indium(III) {2}-Metallacryptates Assembled from 2,6-Dipicolinoyl-bis(N,N-diethylthiourea)

New J. Chem., 2020, 44, 3672-3680.

DOI: 10.1039/C9NJ06420F


Host-Guest Complexes

Jecob J. Jesudas, Chien Thang Pham, Adelheid Hagenbach, Ulrich Abram and Hung Huy Nguyen

Trinuclear ‘CoIILnIIICoII‘ Complexes (Ln = La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Gd, Dy, Er and Yb) with 2,6-Dipicolinoyl-bis(N,N-diethylthiourea) – Synthesis, Structures and Magnetism

Inorg. Chem. 2020, 58, 386-395.

DOI:  10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b02648


Host-Guest Complexes

Chien Thang Pham, Ilse Barnard, Hung Huy Nguyen, Ulrich Abram and Klaus R. Koch

Cobalt(III) Metallacryptates and their Guest Cation-Exchange in Solution Monitored by 59Co NMR

Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 1183-1192.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b02864


Host-Guest Chemistry

Suelen Ferreira Sucena, Thy Thuy Pham, Adelheid Hagenbach, Chien Thang Pham, Ulrich Abram

Structural Diversity of Alkaline Earth Centered Gold(I) Metallacoronates

Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 4341-4349.

DOI: 10.1002/ejic.202000770