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The supramolecular chemistry of cucurbituril, a synthetic receptor, is fascinating because of the remarkable guest binding behavior of the host. Studies in the field, however, have met with limitations, since the only species known was the hexameric macrocyclic compound, cucurbit[6]uril. Recently we synthesized its homologues, cucurbit[n]uril (n = 5, 7, 8),(More)
For the first time, achiral cucurbiturils (CBs) were endowed with significant enantiomeric and distereomeric discrimination by incorporating a strong chiral binder. Calorimetric, nuclear magnetic, light-scattering, and mass spectral studies revealed that (S)-2-methylbutylamine (as a strong binder) can be discriminated by two enantiomeric supramolecular(More)
Oxaliplatin forms a stable 1:1 inclusion complex with cucurbit[7]uril as indicated by NMR, mass spectrometry, isothermal titration calorimetry and X-ray crystallography. The encapsulation of the drug results in a large enhancement in stability, a moderate decrease in reactivity toward guanosine but a much larger decrease in reactivity toward L-methionine,(More)
Novel artificial ion channels (1 and 2) based on CB[n] (n = 6 and 5, respectively) synthetic receptors with carbonyl-fringed portals (diameter 3.9 and 2.4 A, respectively) can transport proton and alkali metal ions across a lipid membrane with ion selectivity. Fluorometric experiments using large unilamellar vesicles showed that 1 mediates proton transport(More)
A novel three-way supramolecular switch based on the interconversion of hetero-guest-pair (D-A) and homo-guest-pair (D(2) or A(2)) inclusion inside cucurbit[8]uril is reported, which can be selectively controlled by chemical or electrochemical stimuli.
The organic molecular porous material 1 obtained by recrystallization of cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) from HCl shows a high CO(2) sorption capacity at 298 K, 1 bar. Most interestingly, 1 showed the highest selectivity of CO(2) over CO among the known porous materials so far. The remarkable selectivity of CO(2) may be attributed to the exceptionally high enthalpy(More)