Highly Selective Efficient Transformation of Polymers Exploiting Interlocked Catalyst

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Toshikazu TAKATA (Professor, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Outline of the Project

The present research develops the “interlock catalyst” that consists of a macrocycle catalyst exhibiting its catalytic function, when the substrate penetrates into the cavity via the formation of the pseudorotaxane intermediate.  The research objective is focused on the establishment of the innovative catalyst system, which attains selective molecular transforms of C1 and C2 molecules to give useful organic materials.  Building upon the development of a zero-order reaction system of polymer reaction, a high-speed efficient catalytic reaction would be attained in polymer reactions regarded as inefficient and imperfect reaction.  The new concept of the well-definite and loosely restraint catalyst, “interlock catalyst”, would be proposed through the development of the versatile catalytic systems utilizing a topological bond.

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