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Chemical consequences of mechanical bonding in catenanes and rotaxanes: isomerism, modification, catalysis and molecular machines for synthesis

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Abstract

Research on mechanically interlocked molecules has advanced substantially over the last five decades. A large proportion of the published work focusses on the synthesis of these challenging targets, and the subsequent control of the relative position of the covalent sub-components, to generate novel molecular devices and machines. In this Feature Article we instead review some of the less discussed consequences of mechanical bonding for the chemical behaviour of catenanes and rotaxanes, and their application in synthesis, including striking recent examples of molecular machines which carry out complex synthetic tasks.

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The article was received on 11 Oct 2013, accepted on 16 Dec 2013 and first published on 17 Jan 2014


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47842D
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 5128-5142
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    Chemical consequences of mechanical bonding in catenanes and rotaxanes: isomerism, modification, catalysis and molecular machines for synthesis

    E. A. Neal and S. M. Goldup, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 5128
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47842D

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