Cucurbituril hosts in real-life action

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Stick it to them! Underwater adhesion becomes possible by taking advantage of highly stable host-guest complexes formed between cucurbit[7]uril hosts and ferrocenyl residues. The formation of multiple noncovalent complexes between the two complementary surfaces gives rise to strong adhesive forces resulting in a "supramolecular velcro" system that operates efficiently in the presence of water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1107-1108
Number of pages2
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 15 2013


  • adhesion
  • cucurbit[n]urils
  • ferrocene
  • host-guest complexes
  • supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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