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Light-responsive molecular containers

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Encapsulation of small molecules in molecular containers able to release them in a controlled way in order to perform specific tasks (e.g. catalysis or drug delivery) constitutes an idea that has been around for several years. Light is becoming a perfect external stimulus to control the behaviour of molecular capsules. Photocontrol is a clean and reliable technique, allowing reversibility of the processes in many cases. In addition, researchers in this field are moving from mere function description of the capsules to a deeper understanding of the processes governing these systems. We have compiled a selection of reported studies and highlighted the most relevant findings in this rapidly developing field.

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The article was received on 28 Feb 2017, accepted on 28 Mar 2017 and first published on 28 Mar 2017

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC01568B
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 4635-4652
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    Light-responsive molecular containers

    A. Díaz-Moscoso and P. Ballester, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 4635
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CC01568B

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