The solid-state self-organisation of a self-assembled [2]catenane

David B. Amabilino*, Peter R. Ashton, J. Fraser Stoddart, Stephan Menzer, David J. Williams

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The reluctance of a [2]catanane, comprised cf macrocycles incorporating π-donors and π-acceptors, to be catenated further to form a [3]catenane may be explained by the molecular arrangement revealed in the solid-state structure of the [2]catenane, which shows all aromatic units to be involved in intramolecular π-π stacking interactions; moreover, the molecules self-organise in the solid-state to form a quilt-like two-dimensional array by virtue of intermolecular π-π stacking interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2475-2478
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number21
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994

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  • Molecular Medicine


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