Chameleonic Binding of the Dimethyldiazaperopyrenium Dication by Cucurbit[8]uril

Karel J. Hartlieb, Ashish N. Basuray, Chenfeng Ke, Amy A. Sarjeant, Henri Pierre JacquotdeRouville, Takashi Kikuchi, Ross S. Forgan, Josh W. Kurutz, J Fraser Stoddart*

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Two are better than one: The diazaperopyrenium dication acts as both a viologen-like electron-poor and an electron-rich guest, resulting in the formation of a 1:2 complex with cucurbit[8]uril. This chameleonic binding facilitates deaggregation of the dications from aqueous solutions, leading to an increase in the fluorescence quantum yield of the diazaperopyrenium dication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Cucurbituril
  • Diazaperopyrenium
  • Inclusion complex
  • Self-assembly
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry

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    Hartlieb, K. J., Basuray, A. N., Ke, C., Sarjeant, A. A., JacquotdeRouville, H. P., Kikuchi, T., Forgan, R. S., Kurutz, J. W., & Stoddart, J. F. (2013). Chameleonic Binding of the Dimethyldiazaperopyrenium Dication by Cucurbit[8]uril. Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2(3), 225-229.