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Themed collection Molecular Containers

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Editorial

Molecular containers

Guest editors Pablo Ballester, Makoto Fujita and Julius Rebek, Jr. introduce the Molecular Containers issue of Chemical Society Reviews.

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Open Access Review Article

Transition metal catalysis in confined spaces

This review discusses different strategies to provide transition metal catalysts with a second coordination sphere and the effect this has in catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Transition metal catalysis in confined spaces
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Review Article

Biomimetic cavity-based metal complexes

The biomimetic association of a metal ion with a cavity allows selective recognition, unusual redox properties and new reactivity patterns.

Graphical abstract: Biomimetic cavity-based metal complexes
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Open Access Review Article

Cucurbiturils: from synthesis to high-affinity binding and catalysis

Major developments in the synthesis of cucurbiturils and applications related to their high-affinity binding and catalysis have recently taken place.

Graphical abstract: Cucurbiturils: from synthesis to high-affinity binding and catalysis
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Review Article

Diffusion NMR of molecular cages and capsules

The applications of diffusion NMR and DOSY in the field of molecular capsules and cages are reviewed focusing on the added value of using these methods when studying such systems in solution.

Graphical abstract: Diffusion NMR of molecular cages and capsules
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Review Article

Molecular containers assembled through the hydrophobic effect

This review focuses on molecular containers formed by assembly processes driven by the hydrophobic effect, and summarizes the progress made in the field over the last ten years.

Graphical abstract: Molecular containers assembled through the hydrophobic effect
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Review Article

Molecular containers in complex chemical systems

This review discusses recent advances in the use of molecular containers in complex chemical systems, focusing on three aspects: host–guest behaviour, structural transformations and reactivity modulation.

Graphical abstract: Molecular containers in complex chemical systems
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Review Article

Calix[4]pyrroles: versatile molecular containers with ion transport, recognition, and molecular switching functions

Calix[4]pyrroles function as “molecular containers” as illustrated by their ability to act as carriers for the through-membrane transport of ions and as “monomers” in the construction of aggregated supramolecular constructs.

Graphical abstract: Calix[4]pyrroles: versatile molecular containers with ion transport, recognition, and molecular switching functions
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Open Access Review Article

Gas-phase chemistry of molecular containers

The use of mass spectrometry for the investigation of supramolecular capsules and containers in solution and the gas-phase is reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Gas-phase chemistry of molecular containers
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Review Article

Self-assembled capsules based on tetrafunctionalized calix[4]resorcinarene cavitands

The hemispherical structures of calix[4]resorcinarene cavitands are suitable for forming capsular assemblies with guest encapsulations through various intermolecular interactions.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembled capsules based on tetrafunctionalized calix[4]resorcinarene cavitands
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Review Article

Gated molecular baskets

The process of molecular gating is important for controlling the trafficking of guests to and from artificial molecular capsules.

Graphical abstract: Gated molecular baskets
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
Review Article

Soft templates in encapsulation complexes

The ethanolamide of arachidonic acid (anandamide) nucleates the assembly of a capsule incorporating 8 spacer units.

Graphical abstract: Soft templates in encapsulation complexes
From the themed collection: Molecular Containers
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About this collection

This Chemical Society Reviews themed issue on molecular containers, guest edited by Pablo Ballester, Makoto Fujita and Julius Rebek, relates the behavior of molecules in small spaces. The spaces are provided by synthetic containers – cavitands, capsules, synthetic receptors, etc. – that fold around their target guests, isolate them from the bulk solvent, provide a hydrophobic environment and present the guests to each other in the limited space. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

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