Dennis N. K. Leung

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A cyclodextrin dimer has been synthesized with two beta-cyclodextrins linked by a flexible chain containing a carbon-carbon double bond. This dimer binds and solubilizes a phthalocyanine-based photosensitizer that generates singlet oxygen on irradiation. When the complex is irradiated, the singlet oxygen cleaves the carbon-carbon link, and the cyclodextrins(More)
Several phthalocyanines carrying hydrophobic components have been synthesized and shown to bind to a group of cyclodextrin dimers with a carbon-carbon double bond in the linker. The complexes are soluble in water. On irradiation in the presence of oxygen, the singlet oxygen produced cleaves the olefinic linkers in the complexes, resulting in precipitation(More)