A self-complexing [2]catenane

Beatriz Cabezon, Jianguo Cao, Françisco M. Raymo, J. Fraser Stoddart*, Andrew J P White, David J. Williams

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A supramolecular homodimer is formed in solution and in the solid state by a self-complementary [2]catenane incorporating a 1,5-dioxynaphthalene- based macrocyclic polyether interlocked with a bipyridinium-based tetracationic cyclophane (shown schematically). This unique example of self- recognition is the result of a combination of cooperative π···π and C- H···π interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-151
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 3 2000


  • Catenanes
  • Homodimeric complexes
  • Molecular recognition
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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