Rotaxanes consisting of achiral axle and achiral ring components can possess supramolecular chirality due to their unique geometrical architectures. To synthesize such chiral rotaxanes, we adapted a prerotaxane method based on aminolysis of a metacyclophane type prerotaxane that had planar chirality, which is composed of an achiral stopper unit and a crown ether type ring component. The prerotaxanes were well resolved using chiral HPLC into a pair of enantiomerically pure prerotaxanes, which were transferred into corresponding chiral rotaxanes, respectively. Obtained chiral rotaxanes were revealed to have considerable enantioselectivity.
- Mechanical chirality
- Supramolecular chirality