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Macrocyclic Ligands

  1. Kristin Bowman-James

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia122

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Bowman-James, K. 2006. Macrocyclic Ligands. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


The main classes of macrocyclic ligands are classified. Emphasis is placed on O and N donors but S, P and As-donors are also included. The macrocyclic effect and anion coordination are both discussed.


  • calixarene;
  • catenand;
  • cryptand;
  • sepulchrate;
  • crown ether;
  • anion