A Molecular Claw: A Dynamic Cavitand Host


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Up for grabs: A modular receptor comprises a hexaazatriphenylene “platform” and three imide residues on its concave side carrying flexible alkane chains. The chains not only populate the host's cavity but can also extend and can grab an appropriately sized and shaped guest in solution.