(Figure Presented) Two catenanes incorporating bispyrrolotetrathiafulvalene (BPTTF) and weaker aryl donors, hydroquinone (HQ) and 1,5-dioxynaphthalene (DNP), respectively, have been prepared and characterized. These catenanes show a predominant amount (>95:5) of the co-conformation in which either the HQ or the DNP unit is encircled by a tetracationic cyclophane, cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT4+), contrary to what is observed in systems based on the parent tetrathiafulvalene (TTF). These new catenanes act effectively as molecular switches which are always configured in the "on" state.
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