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Imine-based [2]catenanes in water

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We report the efficient condensation of imine-based macrocycles from dialdehyde A and aliphatic diamines Bn in pure water. Within the libraries, we identified a family of homologous amphiphilic [2]catenanes, whose self-assembly is primarily driven by the hydrophobic effect. The length and odd-even character of the diamine alkyl linker dictate both the yield and the conformation of the [2]catenanes, whose particular thermodynamic stability further shifts the overall equilibrium in favour of imine condensation. These findings highlight the role played by solvophobic effects in the self-assembly of complex architectures.

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14 Nov 2017
18 Dec 2017
First published
18 Dec 2017

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Chem. Sci., 2018,9, 1317-1322
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Imine-based [2]catenanes in water

K. Caprice, M. Pupier, A. Kruve, C. A. Schalley and F. B. L. Cougnon, Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 1317
DOI: 10.1039/C7SC04901C

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