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Expanded aromatic carboxylate anion induced molecular sandwich construction via a tetracationic imidazolium macrocycle conversion from molecular box to molecular tweezer

Expanded aromatic carboxylate anion induced molecular sandwich construction via a tetracationic imidazolium macrocycle conversion from molecular box to molecular tweezer
The molecular box, namely cyclo[2](2,6-di(1H-imidazol-1-yl)pyridine)-[2](1,4-dimethylene benzene) (1 4+; as PF6 salt), fold its conformation as molecular tweezer to clip the specific carboxylates with expanded aromatic plane. The binding modes between 1 4+ and carboxylate, namely pseudorotaxane, outside or clipping (i.e., sandwich like), also depend on the location of carboxylate on the large conjugated moiety. These finding develop the usability of 1 4+ and carboxylates as important building block pairs to create non-covalent self-assembly structures.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0040402017304519

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