The design and self-assembly of a pyridine-containing [2]catenane

Peter R. Ashton, Mark A. Blower, Colin H. McLean, J Fraser Stoddart*, Malcolm S. Tolley

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A bispyridine-containing crown ether (6) has been incorporated, along with bis(paraquat-p-phenylene), into a [2]catenane 3.4PF 6 using a self-assembly approach. The incorporation of pyridine units allows one of the noncovalent interactions-hydrogen bonding-that determines (i) the efficiency of the template-directed synthesis and (ii) the dynamic properties of the [2]catenane, to be assessed for its relative importance as a recognition feature during and after the formation of 3.4PF 6 . The pyridine-containing [2]catenane has also been used, for the first time, to determine the activation barrier to a previously predicted, yet unobserved, site-exchange process-'rocking'-within the [2]catenane structures in the solution state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1063-1066
Number of pages4
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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