Björn Kahlert

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The newly prepared water-soluble naphthalene tweezer 2a and anthracene clip 4a (substituted both with lithium methanephosphonate groups in the central spacer unit) undergo an unexpected self-assembly in aqueous solution. The highly ordered intertwined structures of the self-assembled dimers [2a]2 and [4a]2 were elucidated by quantum chemical 1H NMR shift(More)
The molecular tweezers (1, 2) and clips (3-7) containing naphthalene and benzene spacer units can be synthesized via repetitive Diels-Alder reactions by the use of a molecular "Lego" set consisting of bisdienophiles (8, 9, 14) and dienes (10, 13). The new receptors selectively bind electron-deficient neutral and cationic substrates in solution. Only the(More)
A new class of receptor molecules is presented that is highly selective for N-alkylpyridinium ions and electron-poor aromatics. Its key feature is the combination of a well-preorganized molecular clip with an electron-rich inner cavity and strategically placed, flanking bis-phosphonate monoester anions. This shape and arrangement of binding sites attracts(More)
Novel molecular clips with anthracene sidewalls (1 a-c) were synthesized; they form stable host-guest complexes with a variety of electron-deficient aromatic and quinoid molecules. According to single-crystal structure analyses of clip 1 c and 1,2,4,5-tetracyanobenzene (TCNB) complex 14@1 b, the clips' anthracene sidewalls have to be compressed(More)
The novel surprisingly colorful dark blue and orange-red molecular clips 1 and 2 containing a central p-benzoquinone spacer-unit and anthracene or napththalene sidewalls were synthesized by DDQ oxidation of the corresponding colorless hydroquinone clips 7 and 8. The colors of the quinone clips result from broad absorption bands in the visible range (1,(More)
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