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Copper-complexed catenanes and rotaxanes in motion: 15 years of molecular machines.

Imported: 05 May '16 | Published: 25 Aug '10

Stéphanie S Durot, Felipe F Reviriego, Jean-Pierre JP Sauvage

Dalton Transactions

Abstract: In this review, we try to summarise the work performed in our laboratories in the course of the last 15 years, in the field of catenane- and rotaxane-based molecular machines containing copper(I), copper(II) or zinc(II) atoms. We put our work into perspective, showing how the properties of the compounds made have been gradually improved, mostly in terms of motion rate. In parallel, the function of the molecular machines elaborated have been made more and more complex. Instead of discussing all the systems elaborated and studied in our team, we preferred to select a few representative examples and show what were the principles which guided us for improving their performances and how the compounds were experimentally modified to afford new functions and faster-responding molecular machines. Starting from an electrochemically-driven "swinging" [2]catenane, reported in 1994, whose rearrangement was disappointingly slow, we could recently elaborate fast moving pirouetting copper-complexed [2]rotaxanes or molecular shuttles. The rearrangement mechanism of the pirouetting systems, as studied by experimental and computational methods, led us to synthesise interlocking compounds with a very open structure... Read More

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