Template-directed synthesis of donor/acceptor [2]catenanes and [2]rotaxanes

Kirsten E. Griffiths, J. Fraser Stoddart

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The synthesis of mechanically interlocked molecular compounds has advanced by leaps and bounds since the early days of statistical methods and covalent-directing strategies. Template-directed synthesis has emerged as the method of choice for the construction of increasingly complex and functional [2]catenanes and [2]rotaxanes. In particular, mechanically interlocked molecules employing π-donating and π-accepting recognition units have been produced with remarkable efficiencies and show great promise in technologies as diverse as molecular electronics and drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-506
Number of pages22
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008


  • Donor/acceptor recognition
  • Mechanical bonds
  • Mechanically interlocked molecules
  • Molecular electronics
  • Molecular machines
  • Molecular motors
  • Pseudorotaxanes
  • Template-directed synthesis
  • [2]catenanes
  • [2]rotaxanes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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