The methylation rates of a meta-phenyleneethynylene (mPE) oligomer with a terminally-attached 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) residue are reported for a series of linear and branched methyl sulfonates; these data show that selective methylation is enhanced by locating the DMAP unit at the midpoint of the sequence, allowing the foldamer cavity to function as a reactive sieve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1011-1013
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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