Supramolecular assemblies of globular main group cage species

Philip C. Andrews, Michaele J. Hardie, Colin L. Raston

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A comprehensive survey of the supramolecular chemistry of main group cage species covers their host-guest chemistry, molecular recognition, and inclusion/intercalation compounds. A major part of the review deals with carboranes, o-, m-, p-B2C10H12, which show a remarkable ability to self assemble via hydrogen bonds involving the C-H groups, bifurcated hydrogen bonds (C-H⋯(O)2) and C-H⋯π interactions. Group 15/16 cage molecules form host-guest supermolecules and extended structures with rigid saddle shape metal macrocycles. Insight into future prospects in this field is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-198
Number of pages30
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Host-guest chemistry
  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Inclusion compounds
  • Intercalation compounds
  • Metal macrocycles
  • Supramolecules


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