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Keywords:

  • host–guest systems;
  • molecular dynamics;
  • molecular recognition;
  • supramolecular catalysis;
  • transition states
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An inside job: The conformational interconversion of cyclohexane occurs at a higher rate in the interior of gated molecular baskets (see picture) than in bulk free solvent or a vacuum. The acceleration results from more favorable noncovalent bonding, and hence stabilization of the transition state, of the encapsulated compound.