Supramolecular complex formation imparts stability and substrate selectivity to a simple manganese-porphyrin-based epoxidation catalyst. Lewis acid/Lewis base directed assembly was used to encapsulate the epoxidation catalyst within a supramolecular square structure to form an enzyme-like catalyst system. The "molecular square" (see picture) takes on the functions of the protein superstructure in an enzyme: it spatially protects the catalytic core from decomposition and induces reaction selectivity.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Angewandte Chemie - International Edition|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 19 2001|
- Homogenous catalysis
- Host-guest systems
- Supramolecular chemistry
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