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To catalyze or not to catalyze: elucidation of the subtle differences between the hexameric capsules of pyrogallolarene and resorcinarene

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Abstract

The closely related, self-assembled resorcinarene and pyrogallolarene capsules display contrasting and puzzling encapsulation behaviors. Herein, we elucidate the reasons for these differences by combining experimental studies and DFT calculations. Furthermore, we report that, in contrast to the resorcinarene capsule, the pyrogallolarene derivative is not capable of catalyzing reactions with cationic transition states. The molecular mechanisms responsible for these observations are probed in detail.

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The article was received on 12 Oct 2016, accepted on 08 Nov 2016 and first published on 15 Nov 2016


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04565K
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2017,8, 1653-1657
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    To catalyze or not to catalyze: elucidation of the subtle differences between the hexameric capsules of pyrogallolarene and resorcinarene

    Q. Zhang, L. Catti, V. R. I. Kaila and K. Tiefenbacher, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 1653
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04565K

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