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Review | Special issue | Vol 52, No. 1, 2000, pp.493-504
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/REV-99-SR1
Heterocycles in Encapsulation and Assembly

Julius Rebek, Jr.*

*The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology and Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, U.S.A.


Described is the behavior of self-assembled capsules held together by hydrogen bonds. The capsules can be spherical or cylindical and they reversibly encapsulate suitable guest species in organic solvents. Selectivity to molecular shape and length leads to well-defined complexes of two different guests within the capsule. These lead to their use as charge guest species for assembly characterization in the gas phase is also described.