Multifunctional p-phosphonated calixarenes

Adam Martin, Colin Raston

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p-Phosphonic acid calix[n] arenes and their O-alkylated lower rim analogues are remarkably versatile macrocycles, with applications in selective diameter uptake of single walled carbon nano-tubes, as surfactants in stabilising and protecting nano-particles and graphene sheets, as crystal growth modifiers for inorganic systems, in encapsulating molecules of anti-cancer carboplatin, self assembly into nano-arrays, including nano-fibres and molecular capsules, and for binding metal ions including biologically relevant Ca2+. They are readily accessible via five or six high yielding steps from the parent p-Bu-t substituted compounds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9764-9772
JournalChemical Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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