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Questions tagged [supramolecular-chemistry]

The supramolecular chemistry tag should be applied to questions pertaining to supramolecular systems, both natural (e.g. biological systems with supramolecular behaviour) and artificial (e.g. man made structures such as molecular knots/machines).

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Interlocked cyclic compounds

Being new to chemistry, there may ought to be some properties I couldn't understand fully. One of them being cyclic compounds. One particular question about this is, whether these cyclic compounds, ...
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Molecular knots absolute configuration

How is the absolute configuration of chiral molecular knots determined? What rules should be applied? For centrochiral compounds, the CIP rules are applied, for axially chiral is described here and ...
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Catenane optical activity

Would a [2]catenate whose each ring consist of a different number of methylene groups only, be optically active if one hydrogen atom of a random methylene group is replaced with e.g. chlorine? I think ...
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How are atoms encapsulated in buckminsterfullerene molecules?

According to, buckminsterfullerene molecules (bucky balls) can be formed by vaporizing graphite by saturating it with laser irradiation. I haven't entirely understood why the carbon forms ...
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How far has "self-organizing chemistry" gone? [closed]

This is my first question here so, please, bear with me if I go out of the style or the scope of the SE section. I think I am quite new here, so I am prone to make mistakes. I am a molecular ...
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Can benzyne be trapped inside a polycyclic hydrocarbon?

I came across an article in my organic chemistry textbook, which told about how benzyne was trapped within a molecular container and stabilized for short periods of time before undergoing a Diels-...
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