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Keywords:

  • cage compounds;
  • fullerenes;
  • host–guest systems;
  • macrocycles;
  • supramolecular chemistry

Abstract

Custom-made macrocyclic receptors for fullerenes are proving a valuable alternative to achieve the affinity and selectivity required to meet challenges such as the selective extraction of higher fullerenes, their chiral resolution, or the self-assembly of functional molecular materials. In this Minireview, we highlight some of the important breakthroughs that this class of fullerene hosts has already produced.