Journal article

Clam-like Cyclotricatechylene-based Capsules: Identifying the Roles of Protonation State and Guests as well as the Drivers for Stability and (Anti-)Cooperativity

Nisha Mehta, Brendan F Abrahams, Lars Goerigk

CHEMISTRY-AN ASIAN JOURNAL | WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH | Published : 2020

Abstract

Cyclotricatechylene (ctcH6 ) is a bowl-shaped macrocyclic compound that can be used as a building block for self-assembled capsules. ctcH6 and its derivatives in various protonation states - here collectively labeled as CTC - form dimers that resemble the shape of a clam. These clam-shaped entities have been studied experimentally by Abrahams, Robson, and co-workers [B. F. Abrahams, N. J. FitzGerald, T. A. Hudson, R. Robson and T. Waters, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 3129-3132] where the capsules acted as an excellent host for large alkali-metal cations. In this study, we present a detailed analysis based on accurate dispersion-corrected Density Functional Theory approaches that reveals t..

View full abstract