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Issue 17, 2020
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Self-assembly of reversed bilayer vesicles through pnictogen bonding: water-stable supramolecular nanocontainers for organic solvents

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A new air and moisture stable antimony thiolate compound has been prepared that spontaneously forms stable hollow vesicles. Structural data reveals that pnictogen bonding drives the self-assembly of these molecules into a reversed bilayer. The ability to make these hollow, spherical, and chemically and temporally stable vesicles that can be broken and reformed by sonication allows these systems to be used for encapsulation and compartmentalisation in organic media. This was demonstrated through the encapsulation and characterization of several small organic reporter molecules.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly of reversed bilayer vesicles through pnictogen bonding: water-stable supramolecular nanocontainers for organic solvents

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Submitted
11 Jan 2020
Accepted
09 Apr 2020
First published
09 Apr 2020

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2020,11, 4374-4380
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Edge Article

Self-assembly of reversed bilayer vesicles through pnictogen bonding: water-stable supramolecular nanocontainers for organic solvents

S. Moaven, B. T. Watson, S. B. Thompson, V. J. Lyons, D. K. Unruh, D. J. Casadonte, D. Pappas and A. F. Cozzolino, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 4374
DOI: 10.1039/D0SC00206B

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