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Cucurbiturils and Related Macrocycles Editor: Kimoon Kim


Print publication date: 12 Nov 2019
Copyright year: 2020
Print ISBN: 978-1-78801-500-4
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78801-596-7
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78801-917-0

About this book

Cucurbiturils (CBs) are a young family of molecular containers, able to form stable complexes with various guests, including drug molecules, amino acids and peptides, saccharides, dyes, hydrocarbons, perfluorinated hydrocarbons, and proteins. Since the discovery of the first CB, the field has seen tremendous growth with respect to the synthesis of new homologues and derivatives, the discovery of record binding affinities of guest molecules in their hydrophobic cavity, and associated applications ranging from sensing to drug delivery.

Cucurbiturils and Related Macrocycles

provides a complete overview of CB chemistry, covering the fundamental aspects including its history, synthesis, host–guest chemistry and the thermodynamic basis thereof. The book will tackle specialist topics such as redox chemistry of CB complexes and CBs in the gas phase, and will address the recent trends of the application of CBs in other fields including biology and materials. Edited by a pioneer of cucurbituril chemistry, and with contributions from global experts, this title will appeal to students and researchers working in supramolecular chemistry, materials chemistry, nanotechnology, organic chemistry, biochemistry and chemical biology.


Author information

Kimoon Kim studied chemistry at Seoul National University (BS, 1976), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (MS, 1978), and Stanford University (PhD, 1986). After two-years of postdoctoral work at Northwestern University, he joined POSTECH where he is now a Distinguished University Professor. Recently, he was appointed as director of Center for Self-assembly and Complexity, Institute for Basic Science. He is a pioneer of cucurbituril chemistry publishing 130 papers on this topic since the mid-1990s. His current research focuses on developing novel functional materials and systems based on supramolecular chemistry.