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Published March 3, 2003 | metadata_only
Journal Article

Molecular Mousetraps: Gas-Phase Studies of the Covalent Coupling of Noncovalent Complexes Initiated by Reactive Carbenes Formed by Controlled Activation of Diazo Precursors


The covalent linking of noncovalently bound host–guest complexes in the gas phase is achieved by the formation of a highly reactive carbene from the host molecule, which is generated by collision-activated dissociation. Possible mechanisms for the resulting intermolecular reactions are explored by theory and experiment.

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© 2003 John Wiley & Sons. Received: October 23, 2002. The authors gratefully acknowledge funding provided by NSF (Grant CHE-9727566), the Beckman Institute Foundation, the California Institute of Technology, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation (New Faculty Award to B.M.S.), and Abbott Labs (graduate fellowship to J.A.M.). Special thanks to the Peter Dervan group for aid in the use of their HPLC apparatus.

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