Supramolecular assemblies of 1,2-dicarbadodecaborane(12) with bowl- shaped calix[5]arene

Michaele J. Hardie, Colin L. Raston

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Treatment of globular 1,2-dicarbadodecaborane(12) (o-carborane) 1 with the bowl-shaped container molecule calix[5]arene 2 affords either the crystalline 1:1 or 1:2 host-guest complexes (o- carborane)(calix[5]arene)(CH2Cl2) 3, (o-carborane)(calix[5]arene)(toluene) 4 and (o-carborane)(calix[5]arene)2(CH2Cl2)0.5. The three complexes show a remarkable range of different supramolecular interplay beyond the common structural unit, a ball-and-socket nano-structure or supermolecule [(o-carborane) intersection set (calix[5]arene)]. Complex 3 forms dimeric [(o-carborane) intersection set (calix[5]arene)]2 units, and 5 has an additional edge on interaction between the supermolecule and a secondary calix[5]arene host.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Calixarene
  • Carboranes
  • Host-guest chemistry
  • Non-classical hydrogen bonding
  • Supramolecular chemistry


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