Complex compounds in which a dumbbell shaped molecule is encircled by a macrocycle. They are named after rota (wheel) and axis (axle). Notation with a prefix is used to indicate the number of interlocked components. They have potential use in nanotechnology. rotaxanes have been made with cyclodextrins and CYCLIC ethers.


Figure 4

Figure 4



The [2]<b>rotaxane</b> is formed in

The [2]rotaxane is formed in

Synthesis of [2]<b>rotaxanes</b>.

Synthesis of [2]rotaxanes.



of a <b>rotaxane</b>

of a rotaxane

bistable neutral <b>rotaxane</b>.

bistable neutral rotaxane.

as <b>rotaxanes</b> (an example

as rotaxanes (an example

Symptoms and diagnosis



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