Allosteric supramolecular triple-layer catalysts

Hyo Jae Yoon, Junpei Kuwabara, Jun Hyun Kim, Chad A. Mirkin

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Allosteric regulation of organometallic catalysts could allow for greater control over reactions. We report an allosteric supramolecular structure in which a monometallic catalytic site has been buried in the middle layer of a triple-layer complex. Small molecules and elemental anions can open and close this complex and reversibly expose and conceal the catalytic center. The ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone can be turned on by the in situ opening of the triple-layer complex and then completely turned off by reforming it through the abstraction of Cl-, the allosteric effector agent, without appreciable loss of catalytic activity. This process can regulate the molecular weights of the resulting polymers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-69
Number of pages4
Issue number6000
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes


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Yoon, H. J., Kuwabara, J., Kim, J. H., & Mirkin, C. A. (2010). Allosteric supramolecular triple-layer catalysts. Science, 330(6000), 66-69.