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Keywords:

  • amphiphiles;
  • cyclophanes;
  • daisy chains;
  • host–guest chemistry;
  • self-assembly

Abstract

A water-soluble cyclophane as the loop subunit, monofunctionalized with a molecular rod, has been synthesized to introduce a new binding motif for mechanically interlinked oligomers. It has been demonstrated that this hermaphroditic compound forms [c2]daisy chains in polar solvent over a wide range of concentrations. Furthermore, evidence for the formation of higher mechanically interlinked oligomers above the critical aggregation concentration has been obtained.