The exclusivity of multivalency in dynamic covalent processes

Jovica D. Badjić, Stuart J. Cantrill, Robert H. Grubbs*, Erin N. Guidry, Raul Orenes, J. Fraser Stoddart

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Less is more: It is much less efficient to synthesize both components of a multivalent recognition site separately than it is to use one multivalent component to act as a template for the catalytically orchestrated construction of the other component, as demonstrated by the formation of the mechanically interlocked, triply threaded molecular bundle shown. The situation is reiniscent of nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3273-3278
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jun 21 2004


  • Metathesis
  • Molecular recognition
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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