Aromatic oligureas as hosts for anions and cations†
Aromatic oligoureas 3 and 4 have urea moieties engaging in weak intramolecular H-bonding that constrains their backbones. The shorter 3a and 3b are able to bind chloride and acetate but not their corresponding counterion. The longer 4 binds both an anion and its counterion with the same affinity.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Host–guest chemistry