p-Sulfonatocalix[4,5,6,8] arenes are versatile building blocks, able to assemble into `molecular capsule' arrays based on two calixarenes, as well as a variety of other structural motifs, with the extended structures dominated by the formation of bilayers. For p-sulfonatocalix[ 4] arene, assembly into nanometre scale spheroids ( of either icosahedral or cuboctahedral geometries) as well as nanotubules ( all of which take on structural features akin to those of viruses) is possible, depending on the guest molecules and lanthanides present in solution.
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