High-Turnover Supramolecular Catalysis by a Protected Ruthenium(II) Complex in Aqueous Solution

The design of a supramolecular catalyst capable of high-turnover catalysis is reported. A ruthenium(II) catalyst is incorporated into a water-soluble supramolecular assembly, imparting the ability to catalyze allyl alcohol isomerization. The catalyst is protected from decomposition by sequestration inside the host but retains its catalytic activity with scope governed by confinement within the host. This host–guest complex is a uniquely active supramolecular catalyst, capable of >1000 turnovers.