Self-Assembly of the First Fullerene-Containing [2]Catenane

Peter R. Ashton, Fraņois Diederich, Marcos Gómez-López, Jean François Nierengarten, Jon A. Preece, Françisco M. Raymo, J. Fraser Stoddart

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An aromatic crown ether tethered to C60 is a template for the formation of the [2]catanene shown on the right, in which cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) cyclophane becomes mechanically interlocked with the fullerene-appended macrocyclic polyether. Since the hydroquinone ring connecting the bis(p-phenylene)-[34]crown-10 to C60 behaves as a π-electron-rich exo donor and undergoes additional interactions with the electron-accepting C60 moiety, this first fullerene catenane boasts an unprecedented intramolecular acceptor-donor-acceptor-donor-acceptor stack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1448-1451
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie (International Edition in English)
Issue number13-14
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Catenanes
  • Crown compounds
  • Donor-acceptor systems
  • Fullerenes
  • Supramolecular chemistry

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  • Chemistry(all)

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    Ashton, P. R., Diederich, F., Gómez-López, M., Nierengarten, J. F., Preece, J. A., Raymo, F. M., & Stoddart, J. F. (1997). Self-Assembly of the First Fullerene-Containing [2]Catenane. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition in English), 36(13-14), 1448-1451.