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Keywords:

  • chirality;
  • host-guest systems;
  • reversible encapsulation;
  • self-assembly
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Interconvertible host: Extended cavitands and capsules that recognize n-alkanes were generated using N-methyl glycoluril as a chiral spacer. The two host assemblies were interconverted by factors such as temperature, concentration, and guest length (see scheme).