- The facile construction of metal-DNA complexes using 'Click' reactions is reported here. A series of 2'-propargyl-modified DNA oligonucleotides were initially synthesized as structure scaffolds and were then modified through 'Click' reaction to incorporate a bipyridine ligand equipped with an azido group. These metal chelating ligands can be placed in the DNA context in site-specific fashion to provide versatile templates for binding various metal ions, which are exchangeable using a simple EDTA washing-and-filtration step. The constructed metal-DNA complexes were found to be thermally stable. Their structures were explored by solving a crystal structure of a propargyl-modified DNA duplex and installing the bipyridine ligands by molecular modeling and simulation. These metal-DNA complexes could have wide applications as novel organometallic catalysts, artificial ribonucleases, and potential metal delivery systems.