Oligomeric pseudorotaxanes adopting infinite-chain lattice superstructures

Zhixue Zhu*, Hao Li, Zhichang Liu, Juying Lei, Huacheng Zhang, Youssry Y. Botros, Charlotte L. Stern, Amy A. Sarjeant, J. Fraser Stoddart, Howard M. Colquhoun

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It's just an illusion: Above a critical chain length, where oligomers contain five or more recognition units, apparently infinite donor-acceptor polypseudorotaxanes are formed in the solid state (see picture). X-ray crystallographic analyses of three different examples have shown that although the oligomeric chains are undoubtedly discrete and monodisperse, they nevertheless appear to be infinite in the crystal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7231-7235
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 16 2012


  • Donor-acceptor systems
  • Polymers
  • Polypseudorotaxanes
  • Structure elucidation
  • Supramolecular polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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