Magic ring catenation by olefin metathesis

Erin N. Guidry, Stuart J. Cantrill, J. Fraser Stoddart*, Robert H. Grubbs

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(Chemical Equation Presented) Olefin metathesis has been employed in the efficient syntheses of a [2]catenane with the temptation being provided by the recognition between a secondary ammonium ion and a crown ether. In one approach, a crown ether precursor has been clipped around an NH2+ center situated in a macrocyclic ring, yielding the mechanically interlocked compound. In the other approach, the reversible nature of olefin metathesis allows for a magic ring synthesis to occur wherein two free macrocycles can be employed as the stationary materials, leading to the formation of the same [2]catenane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2129-2132
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - May 26 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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