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Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 9, pp. 2041-2068


Nomenclature for rotaxanes and pseudorotaxanes (IUPAC Recommendations 2008)

Andrey Yerin1, Edward S. Wilks2, Gerard P. Moss3 and Akira Harada4

1 Advanced Chemistry Development, ul. Akademia Bakuleva, 6, str. 1, RF-117513 Moscow, Russia
2 113 Meriden Drive, Canterbury Hills, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA
3 Department of Chemistry, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
4 Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043, Japan

Abstract: Expanded definitions of rotaxanes and pseudorotaxanes, their components, and other terms concerning rotaxanes are given. The uniform classification and nomenclature principles for naming different types of rotaxanes and pseudorotaxanes are described and illustrated with examples. Recommendations are provided for unambiguous description of rotaxane isomerism with special descriptors that include information about position of rotaxane components.