Polycatenation under thermodynamic control

Mark A. Olson, Ali Coskun, Lei Fang, Ashish N. Basuray, J. Fraser Stoddart

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Thermodynamic cat attacks! Iodide-catalyzed reversible nucleophilic attacks have been exploited to access side-chain polycatenanes under thermodynamic control. Multiple catenations occurring all along the polymer chain are entirely driven to completion by the intra- and intermolecular side-chain π-π stacking interactions of contiguous catenanes. (Figure Presented)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3151-3156
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number18
StatePublished - Apr 19 2010


  • Catenanes
  • Polymers
  • Self-assembly
  • Template-directed synthesis
  • Thermodynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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