Macrocycles, Catenanes and Rotaxanes

Evans, Nicholas H. (2021) Macrocycles, Catenanes and Rotaxanes. In: Reactivity in Confined Spaces. Royal Society of Chemistry, London, pp. 1-28. ISBN 9781788017763

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Inspired by the myriad enzymes found in living organisms, supramolecular chemists have investigated the cavities of both macrocycles and the related interlocked molecules catenanes and rotaxanes as catalytic and non-catalytic sites of chemical reactions. While macrocycles are typically easier to access synthetically, the interlocked structures of catenanes and rotaxanes offer exciting opportunities, including their innate three-dimensionality, large-amplitude motion of their interlocked components and chirality arising from the mechanical bond.

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