A new protocol for rotaxane synthesis

Stuart J. Cantrill, David A. Fulton, Matthew C T Fyfe, J. Fraser Stoddart*, Andrew J P White, David J. Williams

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A novel [2]rotaxane was synthesized when an aniline-bearing [2]pseudorotaxane-generated by the hydrogen bond-driven threading of a dibenzylammonium filament through the cavity of the macrocyclic polyether dibenzo[24]crown-8-was stoppered via reaction with a bulky isocyanate. Complete characterization of the [2]rotaxane was accomplished by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3669-3672
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 7 1999


  • Rotaxanes
  • Self-assembly
  • Synthetic methods
  • Template synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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