Avril R. Williams*, Brian H. Northrop, Theresa Chang, J. Fraser Stoddart, Andrew J P White, David J. Williams

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Molecules in suits: Supramolecular assistance leads to the self-assembly of a mechanically interlocked compound called a suit[2]ane (see picture). Two bisformyldipyrido[24]crown-8 rings (red) recognize and encircle two secondary ammonium ion centers on a rigid linear scaffold (blue for the most part in the picture) with a bulky midriff, followed by the dynamic formation of four imine bonds involving two p-phenylenediamine molecules as linkers. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6665-6669
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number40
StatePublished - Oct 13 2006


  • Dynamic covalent chemistry
  • Interlocked molecules
  • Mechanical bonds
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Template-directed synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis


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