Mechanically interlocked molecular handcuffs

Nicholas Pearce, Marysia Tarnowska, Nathan J. Andersen, Alexander Wahrhaftig-Lewis, Ben S. Pilgrim, Neil R. Champness

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The field of mechanically interlocked molecules that employ a handcuff component are reviewed. The variety of rotaxane and catenane structures that use the handcuff motif to interlock different components are discussed and a new nomenclature, distilling diverse terminologies to a single approach, is proposed. By unifying the interpretation of this class of molecules we identify new opportunities for employing this structural unit for new architectures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3915–3941
JournalChemical Science
Issue number14
Early online date16 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2022


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