Intramolecular Cross-Linking of Helical Folds: An Approach to Organic Nanotubes

Stefan Hecht, Anzar Khan

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The tubular secondary structure of a folded helical polymer-a poly(m-phenyl-eneethynylene) derivative carrying multiple cinnamate moieties-is stabilized by intramolecular cross-linking through topochemically controlled photodimerizations (see schematic representation). This approach should enable the generation of organic nanotubes with controlled dimensions and surface functionality that constitute attractive building blocks for functional nanostructures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6021-6024
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-linking
  • Helical structures
  • Materials science
  • Nanotubes
  • Topochemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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