Switchable catalysis with a light-responsive cavitand

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

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Catalytic guest stars: A cavitand with an azobenzene wall adopts an introverted shape when irradiated with UV light. This conformation has been characterized in solution and the solid state and is used to control guest binding. By incorporating an organocatalyst guest, the rate of the Knoevenagel condensation is controlled with light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9400-9403
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number40
StatePublished - Sep 26 2011


  • Knoevenagel condensation
  • cavitands
  • host-guest systems
  • photo-switches
  • supramolecular catalysis


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