The self-assembly of some novel [2]rotaxanes and their alkali metal cation complexation

Masumi Asakawa*, Peter R. Ashton, Sayeedha Iqbal, J. Fraser Stoddart, Nigel D. Tinker, Andrew J P White, David J. Williams

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[2]Rotaxanes, in which cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) encircles multi-topic dumbbell components wherein a polyether chain is intercepted by a hydroquinone ring and terminated by amide functions attached to either adamantyl groups or monoaza-18-crown-6 macrocycles, can be self-assembled by slippage in acetonitrile solution at +50°C, provided alkali metal cations, such as Na+ and K+, are absent: furthermore, the X-ray crystal structure of a novel bis(monoaza-18-crown-6)-containing [2]rotaxane has also been obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-486
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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