Metal-containing rigid concave surfaces: An entry to the confinement of globular molecules

Philip C. Andrews, Jerry L. Atwood, Leonard J. Barbour, Peter J. Nichols, Colin L. Raston

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The nickel macrocycle 5,7,12,14-tetramethyldibenzo[b,i]-[t,4,8,11]tetraazacyclotetradecinenickel(II ), which possesses two divergent concave surfaces, is a versatile receptor molecule for the formation of supramolecular arrays with globular molecules. This is demonstrated for three disparate main group cage molecules C 60 , 1,2-dicrabadodecaborane(12) and P 4 5 3 : the macrocycle interacts with two cages, or one cage perched in each cavity, or self-associates as a dimeric divergent receptor with a cage perched in the available cavity of each macrocycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1384-1387
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Cage compounds
  • Fullerene
  • Host-guest chemistry macrocycles
  • Nickel
  • Supramolecular chemistry


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