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Supramolecular chemistry of substituted cucurbit[n]urils

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Since the first example of substituted cucurbit[n]urils (Q[n]), decamethylcucurbit[5]uril (Me10Q[5]), was reported in 1992, numerous substituted Q[n]s have been synthesized and studied. In this review article, we focus on the recognition properties of the substituted Q[n]s toward a variety of organic species as well as the coordination chemistry of substituted Q[n]s with different metal ions, including alkali/alkaline-earth metals, transition metals, and lanthanides. Applications of substituted Q[n]s, and the self-assembly processes affording mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) are also described. The main purpose of this review is to highlight important advances in the blossoming field of substituted Q[n]s, which will likely be of interest to researchers in supramolecular chemistry.

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07 May 2020
25 Jul 2020
First published
27 Jul 2020

Inorg. Chem. Front., 2020,7, 3217-3246
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Review Article

Supramolecular chemistry of substituted cucurbit[n]urils

R. Lin, J. Liu, K. Chen and C. Redshaw, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2020, 7, 3217
DOI: 10.1039/D0QI00529K

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