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Primary amine recognition in water by a calix[6]aza-cryptand incorporated in dodecylphosphocholine micelles

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Abstract

Water is a unique solvent and the design of selective artificial hosts that can efficiently work in an aqueous medium is a challenging task. It is known that the calix[6]tren zinc complex can recognize neutral guests in organic solvents. This complex was incorporated into dodecylphosphocholine micelles (DPC) and studied by NMR. The incorporated complex is able to extract selectively primary amines from the aqueous environment driven by an important hydrophobic effect which also affects the selectivity of the complex for these amines. This work shows how the incorporation of organo-soluble receptors in micelles can be an elegant and very efficient strategy to obtain water compatible nanosized supramolecular recognition devices which can be prepared via a straightforward self-assembly process.

Graphical abstract: Primary amine recognition in water by a calix[6]aza-cryptand incorporated in dodecylphosphocholine micelles

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The article was received on 27 Nov 2014, accepted on 06 Jan 2015 and first published on 06 Jan 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4OB02495H
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015,13, 2931-2938
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    Primary amine recognition in water by a calix[6]aza-cryptand incorporated in dodecylphosphocholine micelles

    E. Brunetti, A. Inthasot, F. Keymeulen, O. Reinaud, I. Jabin and K. Bartik, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, 13, 2931
    DOI: 10.1039/C4OB02495H

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