Self-templated synthesis of amide catenanes and formation of a catenane coordination polymer†
A self-templation strategy was used to synthesise isophthalamide catenanes of various sizes in up to 51% yield without the need for metal ions as templates or mediators of covalent bond formation. Using this strategy a bis-monodentate catenane was prepared incorporating exohedral pyridine units. Upon complexation of this ligand with AgOTf a one-dimensional coordination polymer was obtained in the solid state in which both macrocycles of the catenane are involved in binding to the metal nodes, resulting in a rare example of a coordination assembly in which mechanical bonds are incorporated into the structure backbone.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Supramolecular chemistry in OBC