We are a supramolecular chemistry group with a keen interest in mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs). Our chemistry involves developing new supramolecular templating motifs for the formation of interpenetrated host-guest species called pseudorotaxanes and their conversion into permanently interlocked molecules such as rotaxanes and catenanes.
One of our primary goals is to create organized solid state materials that incorporate these artificial molecular switches and machines. We are attempting to achieve this higher level of molecular organization by placing the dynamic molecular components of a MIM (e.g. rotation or translation) into either the pores of a metal–organic framework (MOF) material or the core structure of a mesomorphic liquid crystalline material.
For details see the Loeb Group Web Page.