A Fluorescent and Switchable Rotaxane Dual Organocatalyst

Chak Shing Kwan, Albert S. C. Chan, Ken Cham Fai Leung*

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Rotaxane organocatalysis presents a new direction toward controlled one-pot catalytic reactions. By combining molecular switches and catalysts, fluorescence and pH-responsive switching along with the exclusive selectivity of dual catalytic reactions are demonstrated. A newly designed [2]rotaxane catalyst containing an anthracene group was used to visualize the catalytic reaction process upon switching the macrocycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)976-979
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number5
Early online date19 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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