The synthesis and recognition phenomena of a tetracationic molecular receptor that possesses a nanometer-sized molecular cavity are described. The host-guest properties of the molecular receptor can be tuned and modulated allosterically, where the association of a heterotropic effector at the periphery of the molecule serves to modulate its affinity for the globular, electron-rich guest that resides within its molecular cavity. This stimuli-responsive host-guest behavior was observed in both the solution phase and the crystalline solid state, and can be reversed with high fidelity by sequestration of the effector molecule.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry