Herein we report a hydrogen-bonded three-dimensional porous supramolecular polyknot assembled from a rigid trigonal prismatic triptycene building block with six extended peripheral aryl-carboxyl groups. Within this superstructure, three arrays of undulated 2D rhombic subnets, which display an inclined polycatenation, are interconnected to give an unprecedented uninodal six-connected net with a point symbol of (3.44.610). Such an entanglement results in a trefoil knot motif, which, as the basic repeating unit, is fused and interlocked with itself three-dimensionally to afford a supramolecular polyknot. This example highlights the ability of supramolecular systems to form topologically complex architectures using geometrically simple building blocks.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry