Cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8])-Based Supramolecular Switches

Elena Pazos, Paula Novo, Carlos Peinador, Angel E. Kaifer, Marcos D. García

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The use of cucurbit[8]uril as a molecular host has emerged in the chemical literature as a reliable strategy for the creation of dynamic chemical systems, owing to its ability to form homo- and heteroternary complexes in aqueous media with appropriate molecular switches as guests. In this manner, CB[8]-based supramolecular switches can be designed in a predictable and modular fashion, through the selection of appropriate guests able to condition the redox, photochemical, or pH-triggered behavior of tailored multicomponent systems. Furthermore, CB[8] allows the implementation of dual/triple and linear/orthogonal stimuli-dependent properties into these molecular devices by a careful selection of the guests. This versatility in their design gives these supramolecular switches great potential for the rational development of new materials, in which their function is not only determined by the custom-made stimuli-responsiveness, but also by the transient aggregation/disaggregation of homo- or heteromeric building blocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-416
Number of pages14
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 8 2019


  • cucurbit[8]uril
  • heteroternary complexes
  • host–guest systems
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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