We describe the use of polyatomic anions for the quantitative assembly of ion-paired complexes displaying pseudorotaxane topology. Our approach exploits the unique ion-pair recognition properties exhibited by noncovalent neutral receptors assembled through hydrogen-bonding interactions between a bis-calixpyrrole macrocycle and linear bis-amidepyridyl-N-oxides. The complexation of bidentate polyatomic anions that are complementary in size and shape to the receptor’s cavity, in which six NH hydrogen-bond donors converge, induces the exclusive formation of four particle-threaded assemblies.
Polyatomic anion assistance in the assembly of pseudorotaxanes
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 10733-10736.