A tristable [2]pseudo[2]rotaxane

Ali Trabolsi, Albert C. Fahrenbach, Sanjeev K. Dey, Andrew I. Share, Douglas C. Friedman, Subhadeep Basu, Travis B. Gasa, Niveen M. Khashab, Sourav Saha, Ivan Aprahamian, Hussam A. Khatib, Amar H. Flood, J. Fraser Stoddart

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A strategy towards increasing the lifetime of the metastable state of a [2]rotaxane incorporating tetrathiafulvalene, 1,5-dioxynaphthalene and bipyridinium (BIPY2+) is presented. Incorporation of BIPY 2+ served multiple roles as an electrostatic barrier to relaxation, a supramolecular recognition site for bis-1,5-dioxynaphthalene[38]crown-10 macrocycle, and upon reduction a recognition site for the mechanically bonded cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) ring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-873
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Catalysis


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