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Atroposelective Self-Assembly of a Molecular Capsule from Amphiphilic Anthracene Trimers


  • This research was supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) through the “Funding Program for Next-Generation World-Leading Researchers” and by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) through a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (“Coordination Programming”).


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Atroposelective formation: Selective formation of a molecular capsule was demonstrated from an amphiphilic cis-atropisomer bearing three anthracene rings and four sulfonate groups through hydrophobic and aromatic–aromatic interactions. The dimeric capsule binds small guest molecules; the resultant host–guest complexes exhibit ground-state charge-transfer interactions accompanied by changes in host emission.