Molecular Borromean rings

Chichak, K.S., Cantrill, S.J., Pease, A.R., Chiu, S., Cave, G.W.V. ORCID: 0000-0002-4167-1332, Atwood, J.L. and Stoddart, J.F., 2004. Molecular Borromean rings. Science, 304 (5675), pp. 1308-1312. ISSN 0036-8075

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The realization of the Borromean link in a wholly synthetic molecular form has long been perceived as a Gordian knot. Our reporting here of the near-quantitative self-assembly of this topologically achiral link from 18 components by the template-directed coordination around six zinc(II) ions of six bidentate and six tridentate ligands, resulting in the formation in alcoholic solution of 12 imine bonds, cuts this Gordian knot. The resulting Borromean ring compound extols the virtue of employing, in concert, coordination, supramolecular, and dynamic covalent chemistry to aid and abet the rapid construction of complex nanosystems by multiple cooperative self-assembly processes.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Science
Creators: Chichak, K.S., Cantrill, S.J., Pease, A.R., Chiu, S., Cave, G.W.V., Atwood, J.L. and Stoddart, J.F.
Date: 2004
Volume: 304
Number: 5675
ISSN: 0036-8075
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:07
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:49

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