Synthesis and applications of copillar[5]arene dithiols

Raghuram Reddy Kothur, Flavia Fucassi, Gennaro Dichello, Ludovic Doudet, Wafa Abdalaziz, Bhavik Anil Patel, Gareth W.V. Cave, Ian A. Gass, Dipak K. Sarker, Sergey V. Mikhalovsky, Peter J. Cragg

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A novel copillar[4+1]arene incorporating alkylthiol substituents was synthesised in three steps and structurally characterised as the first example of a pillar[n]arene to incorporate two terminal thiols on the same aromatic ring. The macrocycle was attached to gold electrodes through a standard dipping technique. Cyclic voltammetry demonstrated selectivity for Li+ over other alkali metal cations. The copillar[4+1]arene was also used as a capping agent in the preparation of 3 nm gold nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-443
Number of pages8
JournalSupramolecular Chemistry
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2 2016


  • Pillar[5]arenes
  • gold nanoparticles
  • macrocycles
  • surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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