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Cucurbituril Hosts in Real-Life Action

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  • Prof. Angel E. Kaifer

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    1. Center for Supramolecular Science and Department of Chemistry, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-0431 (USA)
    • Center for Supramolecular Science and Department of Chemistry, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-0431 (USA)
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Abstract

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Stick it to them! Underwater adhesion becomes possible by taking advantage of highly stable host–guest complexes formed between cucurbit[7]uril hosts and ferrocenyl residues. The formation of multiple noncovalent complexes between the two complementary surfaces gives rise to strong adhesive forces resulting in a “supramolecular velcro” system that operates efficiently in the presence of water.

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