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Supramolecular assemblies through host–guest complexation between cucurbiturils and an amphiphilic guest molecule

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Abstract

We report the formation of supramolecular complexation between cucurbit[n]urils (CBn) and an amphiphilic pyridinium-functionalized anthracene (AnPy) in aqueous solution. The CB7 cavity is capable of accommodating the pyridinium moiety, while CB8 can encapsulate the pyridinium and anthracene moieties at once. The encapsulation of AnPy by CB7 leads to the formation of nanoparticles, while the complexation of AnPy with CB8 leads to the formation of nanorods.

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Submitted
12 Dec 2017
Accepted
23 Jan 2018
First published
23 Jan 2018

Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 1734-1737
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Communication

Supramolecular assemblies through host–guest complexation between cucurbiturils and an amphiphilic guest molecule

K. I. Assaf, M. A. Alnajjar and W. M. Nau, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 1734
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC09519H

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