Towards a molecular abacus

Mark V. Reddington*, Alexandra M Z Slawin, Neil Spencer, J. Fraser Stoddart, Cristina Vicent, David J. Williams

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The solid state and solution structures of the 1: 1 complex formed between the cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) tetracationic cyclophane and 1,5-dimethoxynaphthalene has led to the successful design and characterisation by X-ray crystallography of a prototype for the construction of a molecular abacus in the shape of a 2: 1 complex between the same cyclophane and 1,3-bis(5-hydroxy-1-naphthyloxy) propane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)630-634
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1991

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  • Molecular Medicine

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