We impart switching properties into our new mechanically interlocked molecule (MIM) systems. For example, a second recognition site can added to a simple rotaxane to create a degenerate or bistable molecular shuttle. Simple rotaxanes with only a single recognition site can be altered to adopt multiple co-conformations. We then learn how to control the molecular switching.
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