An Ion-Pair Template for Rotaxane Formation and its Exploitation in an Orthogonal Interaction Anion-Switchahle Molecular Shuttle

Michael J. Barrell, David A. Leigh, Paul J. Lusby, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin

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Chloride control: The serendipitous discovery of a molecular recognition motif that is triggered by the formation of an anion-palladium coordination bond is exploited as an efficient rotaxane-forming template and as the basis of a molecular shuttle. The macrocycle of this rotaxane moves between the two stations when the counterion is changed from chloride to hexafluorophosphate (see picture).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8036-8039
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


  • anion recognition
  • molecular shuttles
  • palladium
  • rotaxanes
  • template synthesis

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