Observation of transient alkali metal inclusion in Oxacalix[3]arenes

M. Miah, K.D. Pavey, V.M. Gun'ko, R. Sheehan, Peter Cragg

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Oxacalix[3]arenes exhibit transient binding to Na + , K + and Ca 2+ , with a strong preference for Na + , as determined by a quartz crystal resonant sensor technique. Computational models for the behaviour indicate that the preference for Na + is due to the depth to which that cation is drawn into the macrocycle's central cavity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalSupramolecular Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


  • Calixarene
  • Metal Binding
  • Sensor
  • Computer Simulation


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