A molecule which consists of two or more connected rings like links in a chain.
- In general, these two closed chains are linked catenanes, and the type of linkage reflects a topological property of the original substrate.
- An added advantage, Stoddart notes, is that carbon nanotubes are much more chemically compatible with organic switching molecules, such as catenanes, than more conventional metallic electrodes are.
- The ultimate product of the ligations involved in producing the molecules we use is a cyclic molecule or a catenane.
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