N-Alkyl Ammonium Resorcinarene Chloride Receptors for Guest Binding in Aqueous Environment

Ngong Kodiah Beyeh*, Fangfang Pan, Robin H A Ras

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Host systems with guest binding ability in water and/or biological fluids are a current challenge in supramolecular host-guest chemistry. Here we present the first syntheses of water-soluble N-ethanol ammonium resorcinarene chlorides (NARCls) with terminal hydroxyl groups at the upper rim. The NARCls possess deep cavities and are shown to bind a variety of guest molecules such as linear and cyclic alkanes, linear halogenated alkanes, and aromatic fluorophores (naphthalene, p-(phenylazo)phenol) in water through hydrophobic interactions, as well as 1,4-dioxane (a water soluble guest) via hydrogen bonds. The receptors are monomeric in aqueous media and form 1:1 host-guest complexes with binding constants of up to 559m-1 in D2O/MeOD (9:1, v/v) at 298K. Solid-state analysis in purely organic media, reveals a dimeric 2:2 capsule and a self-included dimer of nanometer dimensions. The host-guest complexes are analyzed in solid state by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and in solution by 1HNMR and diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027–1032
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Host-guest systems
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Hydrophobic effect
  • Supramolecular chemistry


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