Host-guest complexes with p-sulfonatocalix[4,5]arenes charged crown ethers and lanthanides: factors affecting molecular capsule formation

Scott J Dalgarno, Jerry L Atwood, Colin L Raston

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Abstract

Incorporation of the smallest diprotonated diaza-functionalized crown ethers into host-guest assemblies with p-sulfonatocalix[4 or 5]arenes gives insight into the dominant factors in the formation of ``molecular capsule'' or ``alternative host-guest bilayer'' structures in the solid state, in the presence of aquated lanthanide(III) cations. For p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene, molecular capsule formation is dependent on guest size, protonation of the diaza-crown ether, and the pH of the reaction medium. In contrast, formation of (di)aza-crown ether-based molecular capsules with p-sulfonatocalix[5]arene was elusive under the conditions studied. Rather, an ``alternative host-guest bilayer'' structure formed in the presence of europium(III) ions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-180
Number of pages7
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

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