Coordination Chemistry-Assembled Porphyrinic Catenanes

Non covalent [2]catenanes were synthesized in high yield as kinetic products or as thermodynamic products after completion of an equilibrium. These sophisticated architectures were assembled in two steps, from an oblique bis-zinc(II) porphyrin and two different dipyridyl chelates, by using Cu(I)−N interactions to assemble acyclic complexes and Zn(II)−N interactions to generate rings. 1H NMR including 2D COSY and ROESY experiments were used to characterize each compound. Spectrophotometric titrations highlight the influence of geometry in terms of distances and angles in non covalent coordinated assemblies. In fact, it was proved that a perfect fit leads to highly stable coordination chemistry-assembled species.