Cucurbit[8]uril-mediated redox-controlled self-assembly of viologen-containing dendrimers

Kwangyul Moon, Jodi Grindstaff, David Sobransingh, Angel E. Kaifer

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The dimerization of dendrimers that contain a single 4,4′- bipyridinium (viologen) unit, upon one-electron reduction, is strongly enhanced by the presence of the host cucurbit[8]uril. This behavior is attributed to the formation of a stable inclusion complex between the host and two π-stacked viologen radical-cation guests-the one-electron-reduced form of viologen (see scheme).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5496-5499
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 18 2004


  • Dendrimers
  • Dimerization
  • Host-guest systems
  • Redox chemistry
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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