2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

What is a Catenane and How is it Made?
Andre D. Castiaux
Dr. John O'Brien, Faculty Mentor

Catenanes are comprised of two or more free moving, interlocked, cyclic molecules. They are occasionally found in natural systems, such as DNA and proteins, but the advantage of their formation has not been determined. Chemists have synthesized several variations of catenanes, in order to increase their understanding of the basic science of these molecules. Potential uses for catenanes include molecular motors, molecular switches, and they have also shown promise as better industrial greases. This presentation will explore the molecules classified as catenanes and the possible synthetic routes.

Keywords: Catenane, Chemistry


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 105-4
Location: MG 2090
Time: 8:45

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