Toward mimicking viral geometry with metal-organic systems

Jerry L. Atwood, Leonard J. Barbour, Scott J. Dalgarno, Michaele J. Hardie, Colin L. Raston, Helen R. Webb

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Icosahedral and cuboctahedral arrangements of calixarenes, a nanometer-scale, spheroidal assembly of 12 calixarene molecules, can be manipulated in a highly controlled fashion. Previously, such assemblies were observed to favor placement of the calixarenes at the vertexes of an icosahedron. A supramolecular constraint is employed in order to enforce molecular alignment and produce a cuboctahedral arrangement. The internal volume of the cuboctahedron is approximately 30% greater than that of the icosahedron. Furthermore, in stark contrast to that of the icosahedral Platonic solid, the shell of the cuboctahedral Archimedean solid is porous.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13170-13171
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of The American Chemical Society
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


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