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A Fluorescent and Switchable Rotaxane Dual Organocatalyst

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posted on 19.02.2016 by Chak-Shing Kwan, Albert S. C. Chan, Ken Cham-Fai Leung
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.

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