Supramolecular daisy chains

Peter R. Ashton, Ian Baxter, Stuart J. Cantrill, Matthew C T Fyfe, Peter T. Glink, J. Fraser Stoddart*, Andrew J P White, David J. Williams

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Our childhoods may be recalled when a self-complementary cation, endowed with both a dibenzo[24]crown-8 macroring and a secondary dialkylammonium sidearm, self-assembles to form a two-component supramolecular architecture that is reminiscent of a daisy chain (depicted schematically on the right). This daisy-chain-like super-architecture is stabilized by a combination of [N+-H ··· O] hydrogen bonds and aryl-aryl stacking interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1294-1297
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 18 1998


  • Crown compounds
  • Host-guest chemistry
  • Noncovalent interactions
  • Self-assembly
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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