Synthesis and applications of co-pillar[5]arene dithiols

Raghu R. Kothur, F. Fucassi, Gennaro Dichello, Ludovic Doudet, Wafa Abdalaziz, Bhavik Patel, Gareth W.V. Cave, Ian A. Gass, Dipak Sarker, Sergey Mikhalovsky, Peter Cragg

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A novel copillar[4+1]arene incorporating alkylthiol substituents was synthesised in three steps and structurally characterised as the first example of a pillar[n]arene to incorporate two terminal thiols on the same aromatic ring. The macrocycle was attached to gold electrodes through a standard dipping technique. Cyclic voltammetry demonstrated selectivity for Li+over other alkali metal cations. The copillar[4+1]arene was also used as a capping agent in the preparation of 3nm gold nanoparticles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-443
Number of pages8
JournalSupramolecular Chemistry
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2015


  • Pillar[5]arenes
  • macrocycles
  • gold nanoparticles
  • surface modification


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