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Modular assembly of metal-organic super-containers incorporating calixarenes

United States Patent

January 16, 2018
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A new strategy to design container molecules is presented. Sulfonylcalix[4]arenes, which are synthetic macrocyclic containers, are used as building blocks that are combined with various metal ions and tricarboxylate ligands to construct metal-organic `super-containers` (MOSCs). These MOSCs possess both endo and exo cavities and thus mimic the structure of viruses. The synthesis of MOSCs is highly modular, robust, and predictable.
Wang; Zhenqiang (Vermillion, SD), Dai; Feng-Rong (Vermillion, SD)
South Dakota Board of Regents (Pierre, SD)
13/ 862,651
April 15, 2013
This invention was made with Government support under contracts DE-FG02-08ER64624 and DE-EE0000270 awarded by the Department of Energy and contract EPSCOR Grant No. 0903804 awarded by the National Science Foundation. The Government has certain rights to this invention.