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Interlocked molecules

Linking rings without templates

Interlocking molecules in solution usually requires recognition motifs that direct the assembly of the building blocks. Triply interlocked catenanes have now been constructed just relying on the interpenetration of structures typical of the solid state and slow reversible covalent bond formation.

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Figure 1: Catenanes assembled without a template.

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Beves, J., Leigh, D. Linking rings without templates. Nature Chem 2, 708–710 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.745

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