Reimagining Wasserman's catenane: A journey from past to present (1960–2023)

Daehyun Ahn, Nowshin Kabir, Thirumurugan Prakasam, Ali Trabolsi

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Over the past three decades, the development of analytical tools has enabled the study of increasingly complex mechanically interlocked molecules. The first synthesis of a [2]catenane, by Edel Wasserman in 1960, was controversial because it lacked experimental evidence. Recently in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Leigh and co-workers have re-examined this pioneering synthesis by using modern techniques to affirm its structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1357-1359
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 8 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Materials Chemistry


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