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Sulfate anion templation of macrocycles, capsules, interpenetrated and interlocked structures

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Abstract

This tutorial review examines the potential of anions, in particular sulfate, to template the formation of complex molecular architectures. Until recently, sulfate has been largely overlooked in this area and the examples described herein demonstrate this anion’s versatility in templating the formation of a diverse range of molecular systems including macrocycles, helixes, molecular capsules, interpenetrated and interlocked assemblies such as catenanes. In addition sulfate has been shown to template the formation of interpenetrated structures on a range of surfaces including gold, polystyrene beads and silicate nanoparticles, highlighting the potential of this anion in the fabrication of functional sensory devices exhibiting highly selective binding behaviour.

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The article was received on 11 Dec 2008 and first published on 27 Mar 2009


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B806041J
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009,38, 1701-1713

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    Sulfate anion templation of macrocycles, capsules, interpenetrated and interlocked structures

    K. M. Mullen and P. D. Beer, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 38, 1701
    DOI: 10.1039/B806041J

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