A Quaterthiophene-Based Rotaxane: Synthesis, Spectroscopy, and Self-Assembly at Surfaces


  • Dedicated to Professor Fabio Biscarini on the occasion of his 50th birthday


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Threaded molecular wires are shown to feature tunable properties. A new rotaxane based on a quaterthiophene threaded through a single β-cyclodextrin exhibits delocalization of the aromatic system that is also extended onto the central phenyl rings of the m-terphenylene end-groups. The rotaxane can undergo self-assembly that is better than the analogous bithiophene derivative, due to the increased π−π interactions.