A light controlled cavitand wall regulates guest binding

Orion B. Berryman, Aaron C. Sather, Julius Rebek

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Here we report a cavitand with a photochemical switch as one of the container walls. The azo-arene switch undergoes photoisomerization when subjected to UV light producing a self-fulfilled cavitand. This process is thermally and photochemically reversible. The reported cavitand binds small molecules and these guests can be ejected from the cavitand through this photochemical process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-658
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 14 2011


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