Supramolecular Ladders from Dimeric Cucurbit[6]uril


  • We thank the National Science Foundation (CHE-1110911, to L.I.), the Department of Education (P200A090105, GAANN fellowship to J.B.W.), and the University of Maryland (University Fellowship to J.B.W.) for financial support.


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Climbing the cucurbit ladder: Cucurbit[6]uril dimers (connected gray cylinders; see scheme) were prepared by condensation of glycoluril hexamer with the appropriate tetraaldehydes. The self-assembly process between these dimers and oligoviologen compounds (blue) in water leads to a supramolecular ladder with the dimensions and molecular weight typical of small proteins.