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CAS number 158394-29-7 YesY
ChemSpider 26000999 N
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Molecular formula C228H236F72N12O30P12
Molar mass 5,363.95 g mol−1
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Olympiadane is a mechanically-interlocked molecule composed of five interlocking macrocycles that resembles the Olympic rings. The molecule is a linear pentacatenane or a [5]catenane. It was synthesized and named by Fraser Stoddart and coworkers in 1994.[1] The molecule was designed without any practical use in mind,[2] although other catenanes may have possible application to the construction of a molecular computer.

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  1. ^ Amabilino, D. B.; Ashton, P. R.; Reder, A. S.; Spencer, N.; Stoddart, J. F. (1994). "Olympiadane". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 33 (12): 1286–1290. doi:10.1002/anie.199412861. 
  2. ^ Chemists Make Rings Of Interlocked Atoms, A Clue to Life's Origin