Han-Yuan Gong

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It was previously established that the flexible tetraimidazolium macrocycle cyclo[2](2,6-bis(1H-imidazol-1-yl)pyridine)[2](1,4-dimethylenebenzene) (1(4+)) is capable of stabilizing higher-order supramolecular structures via both anion and cation recognition. Described herein is a set of structurally related imidazolium macrocycles (2(4+)-4(4+)) that contain(More)
The 'blue box' (cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) or CBPQT(4+)), developed by Stoddart and colleagues, forms effective charge transfer complexes with a variety of electron-rich species and has been used to support the formation of a wide range of interlocked structures. However, little effort seems to have been devoted to generalizing the blue box concept. We(More)
A three-dimensional extended, metal-organic rotaxane framework (MORF) that incorporates encircled "struts" has been synthesized through a one-pot self-assembly process involving a macrocyclic tetraimidazolium "molecular box", naphthalene dicaboxylate dianion, and Zn(II) cations. The present system represents progress towards controlling the features of(More)
Methylazacalix[n]pyridines (n = 4, 8) and methylazacalix[m]arene[n]pyridines (m = n = 2, 4) have been synthesized by a convenient fragment coupling approach starting from 2,6-dibromopyridine, 2,6-diaminopyridine, and benzene-1,3-diamine. Thanks to the intrinsic electronic nature of nitrogen, which can adopt mainly sp(2) hybridization, allowing it variously(More)
The molecular recognition of methylazacalix[4]pyridine (MACP-4; 1) towards various diols was investigated by using (1)H NMR spectroscopic and X-ray diffraction analysis. As a unique macrocyclic host molecule that undergoes conformational inversions very rapidly in solution, MACP-4 has been shown to self-regulate its conformation, through the formation of(More)
NH-bridged calix[1]arene[3]pyridine and calix[2]arene[2]pyridine were synthesized readily from efficient deprotection of N-Boc groups of NBoc-bridged calix[m]arene[n]pyridine derivatives which were prepared by a macrocyclic coupling reaction between NBoc-linked trimers and 1,3-phenylenediamine. In the solid state, calix[2]arene[2]pyridine adopted the(More)
The tetracationic macrocycle cyclo[2](2,6-di(1H-imidazol-1-yl)pyridine)[2](1,4-dimethylenebenzene) hexafluorophosphate (1(4+)·4PF(6)(-)) acts as a large, flexible "molecular box" that supports the formation of environmentally responsive anion-induced pseudorotaxanes, as well as other extended structures, including metal-linked supramolecular polyrotaxanes.(More)
A facile, one-pot synthesis of rotaxanated supramolecular organic frameworks (RSOFs) is reported. These systems consist of bis-carboxylate anions threaded through the core of tetraimidazolium macrocycles. Trivalent metal cations, yttrium(III) and smaller lanthanides, are used to "lock" the threaded strut in place. This results in the formation of(More)
The ability to control and direct molecular assembly has important implications in the design of environmentally responsive materials. Reported here is the use of competitive neutral- and anionic-guest recognition to control the formation, disruption, replacement-based construction and higher-order assembly properties of pseudorotaxane structures involving(More)
A set of metal-organic rotaxane frameworks (MORFs) are constructed with the use of a tetraimidazolium macrocycle, the terephthalate dianion, and the trivalent lanthanide metal cations Nd(III), Sm(III), Eu(III) or Tb(III) and are reported herein. The specific choice of the metal cation allows for control of the structure and luminescent properties of the(More)