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Most organic radicals possess short lifetimes and quickly undergo dimerization or oxidation. Here, we report on the synthesis by radical templation of a class of air- and water-stable organic radicals, trapped within a homocatenane composed of two rigid and fixed cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) rings. The highly energetic octacationic homocatenane,… (More)
We report the one-pot synthesis and electrochemical switching mechanism of a family of electrochemically bistable 'daisy chain' rotaxane switches based on a derivative of the so-called 'blue box' (BB(4+)) tetracationic cyclophane cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene). These mechanically interlocked molecules are prepared by stoppering kinetically the… (More)
The 2,9-dimethyldiazaperopyrenium dication can be made from a ubiquitous and inexpensive feedstock in three simple steps as its chloride salt. When mixed with powdered graphite at 23 °C, this behemoth of a molecular compound exfoliates graphite to graphene in water under mild conditions.
Artificial muscles are an essential component for the development of next-generation prosthetic devices, minimally invasive surgical tools, and robotics. This communication describes the design, synthesis, and characterisation of a mechanically interlocked molecule (MIM), capable of switchable and reversible linear molecular motion in aqueous solution that… (More)
We announce the establishment of a new family of macrocycles--the asararenes, which are based on para-methylene linked "asarol methyl ether" (1,2,4,5-tetramethoxybenzene) units. Macrocycles with 6-12 aromatic units have been synthesized and isolated in a single step from asarol methyl ether and paraformaldehyde. Even larger rings, with up to 15 asarol… (More)
OBJECTIVES This paper describes the development and optimization of a nanoparticle delivery platform for the anticancer agent, paclitaxel, using a novel amphiphilic carrier, tetrahexyloxy-tetra-p-aminocalixarene (A4C(6) ). METHODS Nanoparticles were successfully prepared at pH4 by an emulsion evaporation method whereby an organic phase containing… (More)
p-Phosphonic acid calixarene forms molecular capsules in water based on two of the molecules, which can be loaded with carboplatin using intense shearing, and attached to single wall carbon nano-tubes. Spin coating of the capsules onto a substrate affords 2 nm fibres of stacked calixarenes, with the self-assembly understood using molecular modelling.
Understanding the mechanism of efficient photoinduced electron-transfer processes is essential for developing molecular systems for artificial photosynthesis. Towards this goal, we describe the synthesis of a donor-acceptor dyad comprising a zinc porphyrin donor and a tetracationic cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT(4+) ) acceptor. The X-ray crystal… (More)
Very small ( approximately 2 nm) silver nanoparticles can be readily prepared using p-phosphonated calixarenes as templating agents and surfactants, at the same time allowing the use of hydrogen gas as an environmentally benign reductant.
A fullerene-based photosensitizer is incorporated postsynthetically into a Zr6 -based MOF, NU-1000, for enhanced singlet oxygen production. The structural organic linkers in the MOF platform also act as photosensitizers which contribute to the overall generation of singlet oxygen from the material under UV irradiation. The singlet oxygen generated by the… (More)