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Generation of a Dynamic System of Three-Dimensional Tetrahedral Polycatenanes


  • This work was supported by the EPSRC (S.P.B. and J.R.N.), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NWO (M.M.J.S.), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (CRC 765) (D.S. and C.A.S.), and the DSTL (A.R.S. and J.K.M.S.).


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Seven of the best: A dynamic combinatorial library of polycatenated tetrahedra was prepared by complexation between a dynamic Fe4L6 tetrahedral cage, constructed from ligands containing an electron-deficient naphthalenediimide core, and an electron-rich aromatic crown ether, 1,5-dinaphtho[38]crown-10. The highest order species in the library is the tetrahedral [7]catenane.