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Gas-phase chemistry of molecular containers

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The remarkable technical advances in mass spectrometry during the last decades, including soft ionisation techniques, the coupling of electrospray ionisation to flow reactors, and the broad scope of tandem mass spectrometric experiments applicable to mass-selected ions allow investigating the chemistry of molecular capsules in solution as well as in the absence of any environment. With these methods, mass spectrometry is capable of answering many questions starting from providing analytical characterisation data (elemental composition, stoichiometry, etc.) to structural aspects (connectivities, positions of building blocks in supramolecular complexes) and to the examination of solution and gas-phase reactivity including reactions inside molecular containers. The present article reviews this work with a focus rather on the chemical questions that can be answered than on the technical specialities of (tandem) mass spectrometry.

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The article was received on 14 May 2014 and first published on 24 Jun 2014

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00167B
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015,44, 515-531
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    Gas-phase chemistry of molecular containers

    Z. Qi, T. Heinrich, S. Moorthy and C. A. Schalley, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, 44, 515
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00167B

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