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A 1,2,3,4,5-Pentaphenylferrocene-Stoppered Rotaxane Capable of Electrochemical Anion Recognition

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  • Nicholas H. Evans,

    1. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QR (UK)
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  • Dr. Christopher J. Serpell,

    1. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QR (UK)
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  • Nicholas G. White,

    1. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QR (UK)
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  • Prof. Paul D. Beer

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    1. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QR (UK)
    • Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QR (UK)
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Abstract

The chloride anion templated synthesis of an electrochemical anion sensory interlocked host system, prepared by the integration of redox-active 1,2,3,4,5-pentaphenylferrocene stopper groups into the structure of a rotaxane capable of binding anionic guests is described. Extensive 1H NMR and electrochemical titration investigations were used to probe the anion recognition and sensing properties of the rotaxane, compared to the axle and model system components. A characteristic electrochemical response was observed for chloride binding by the rotaxane, which was attributed to the topologically constrained cavity of the interlocked host molecule.

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