Ho Yu Au-Yeung

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A new type of neutral donor-acceptor [2]-catenane, containing both complementary units in the same ring was synthesized from a dynamic combinatorial library in water. The yield of the water soluble [2]-catenane is enhanced by increasing either building-block concentrations or ionic strength, or by the addition of an electron-rich template. NMR spectroscopy(More)
We describe here the assembly of new types of donor-acceptor [2]catenanes from dynamic combinatorial libraries (DCL) in water. These new catenanes contain both the donor and acceptor components in at least one of the interlocked rings, thereby possessing unusual and unexpected DAAD or DADD stacking sequences of the π units in their structures. The(More)
The discovery through dynamic combinatorial chemistry (DCC) of a new generation of donor-acceptor [2]catenanes highlights the power of DCC to access unprecedented structures. While conventional thinking has limited the scope of donor-acceptor catenanes to strictly alternating stacks of donor (D) and acceptor (A) aromatic units, DCC is demonstrated in this(More)
Two donor-acceptor [2]catenanes have been synthesized and characterized from a single dynamic combinatorial library in water. One of these catenanes is different from earlier related interlocked molecules in that two donor units stack on each other in an unexpected order. Shifting the equilibrium by choosing the right conditions resulted in a significant(More)
A water soluble [6]catenane consisting of two interlocking [3]catenanes was synthesised in 91% yield using readily accessible precursors. The new strategy features the simultaneous use of orthogonal Cu+-phenanthroline and CB[6]-ammonium interactions for preorganising the precursors and the efficient CB[6]-catalysed azide-alkyne cycloaddition as bond forming(More)
We report here a new bioinspired copper-based strategy of superoxide sensing and the development of sensitive (>90-fold fluorescence turn-on) and selective superoxide probes for imaging variations in the endogenous superoxide level in various live mammalian cells (HEK293T, HeLa and A431).
As a major class of mechanically interlocked molecules, not only are catenanes topologically intriguing targets that challenge the chemical synthesis to the efficient formation of mechanical bonds, but also the mechanical properties arising from the topology offer unique and attractive features for the development of novel functional molecular materials.(More)
Copper is a required metal nutrient for life, but global or local alterations in its homeostasis are linked to diseases spanning genetic and metabolic disorders to cancer and neurodegeneration. Technologies that enable longitudinal in vivo monitoring of dynamic copper pools can help meet the need to study the complex interplay between copper status, health,(More)