Hydrogen bonding in macrocyclic receptor systems

Bert C. Lynn, Mara Tsfsarskaja, Otto Schall, Jeanette C. Hernandez, Shigeru Watanabe, Angel Kaifer, Toshio Takailashi, George W. Gokel

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The interactions of macrocyclic polyethers with alkali and alkaline earth cations have been well studied and much about their chemistry is now well understood. Less well examined or comprehended are hydrogen bond interactions. A combination of ion selective electrode binding constant determination techniques and fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry are brought to bear on this problem. It is found that all-oxygen crown ethers and their derivatives exhibit quite different complexation behaviour with ammonium salts than do their various azacrown counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-260
Number of pages8
JournalSupramolecular Chemistry
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1993

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Funding Information:
We thank the NIH for a grant (GM 36262) that supported this work.

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  • General Chemistry


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