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Skeletal formula of olympiadane
Ball-and-stick models of the component ions of olympiadane
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 5,364.02 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, 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. ^ Browne, M. W. (30 August 1994). "Chemists Make Rings Of Interlocked Atoms, A Clue to Life's Origin". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 January 2016.