Confinement and recognition of icosahedral main group cage molecules: Fullerene C60 and o-, m-, p-dicarbadodecaborane(12)

Michaele J. Hardie, Colin L. Raston

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Supramolecular chemistry of icosahedral main group cage molecules, fullerene C60 and the carboranes o-, m-, p-B2C10H12, is of interest in the purification of these molecules and in building up novel materials. The non-polarised, spherical like nature of C60 requires specific shape and electronic complementarity between the interacting supramolecular synthons which leads to polarisation of the fullerene, whereas for the carboranes, hydrogen bonding involving the C-H groups, including the formation of bifurcated hydrogen bonds [C-H···(N,O)2], and C-H···π interactions, along with shape complementarity, facilitate the self assembly process. Insight into future prospects in this field is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1153-1163
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 1999
Externally publishedYes


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