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Keywords:

  • π interactions;
  • basicity;
  • cations;
  • cyclophanes;
  • solvent effects
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Lost in solvation: A study of the basicity of (2,6-pyridino)paracyclophanes (see picture; C light blue, N blue, S orange, F yellow, H green) reveals the importance of bulk solvation compared to cation–π effects in determining the relative stability of cations.