Researchers Develop Flexible Molecular Cups
Researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, from the University of Jyväskylä prepared flexible cup-shaped molecules, which have similar properties in the solid state and in solution. The molecules wrap around themselves under both conditions. They can be used in supramolecular chemistry as host molecules, which bind metal cations, ammonium ions or neutral guest molecules, such as toluene, inside their cavity by weak interactions. This can be utilised for example in molecular sensors, drug delivery or nanomaterials.