Self-organized ball-shaped molecular assemblies in water

Thomas Grawe, Thomas Schrader, Marion Gurrath, Arno Kraft, Frank Osterod

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A trisphosphonate and various triammonium and trisamidinium compounds, all containing a C3 axis of symmetry, form strong 1:1 complexes in methanol and water. The structural information about these complexes is best explained in terms of self-assembly by means of a cyclic array of alternating charges resulting in the geometrical shape of a molecular capsule. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)670-673
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Organic Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000


  • Molecular capsules
  • Self-organization
  • Trisamidines
  • Trisphosphonates


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