On the chemical synthesis of new topological structures

Nils A. Baas, Nadrian Seeman

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Abstract

The construction of chemical species with topological properties is an area of increasing interest. Numerous such structures have been synthesized in recent years, particularly from DNA, which is a natural synthon for these molecules. Recently, higher-order topological structures have been introduced. These hyper-structures consist of combinations of simple structures, such as a Brunnian Link of Brunnian Links or a Hopf Ring of Hopf Rings, or combinations thereof. In this article, we discuss the possibilities of constructing these hyper-structures with real molecules, particularly emphasizing the tools that result from the double helical structure of DNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-232
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Mathematical Chemistry
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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Chemical Synthesis
Topological Structure
DNA
Molecules
Ring
Topological Properties
Higher Order

Keywords

  • Brunnian links
  • Chemical topology
  • DNA
  • Higher-order topology
  • Hopf links

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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On the chemical synthesis of new topological structures. / Baas, Nils A.; Seeman, Nadrian.

In: Journal of Mathematical Chemistry, Vol. 50, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 220-232.

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