The chameleonic nature of diazaperopyrenium recognition processes

Ashish N. Basuray*, Henri Pierre Jacquotderouville, Karel J. Hartlieb, Takashi Kikuchi, Nathan L. Strutt, Carson J. Bruns, Michael W. Ambrogio, Alyssa Jennifer Avestro, Severin T. Schneebeli, Albert C. Fahrenbach, J. Fraser Stoddart

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Two for the price of one! The diazaperopyrenium dication behaves dichotomously in a homo- and heterophilic manner, allowing for complexation with itself and a variety of π-electron-rich donors. This chameleonic characteristic, in addition to its electronic properties, leads to self-assembled nanowires in the solid state, as well as to its acting as a template for aromatic crown ethers to form a [3]- and two [2]rotaxanes (see picture).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11872-11877
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 19 2012


  • noncovalent interactions
  • perylene
  • rotaxanes
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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