Abstract by Tyler Wilson
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Cavitands and supramolecular chemistry
Cavitands are container shaped molecules that play a role in catalysis, isomer/contaminant separation, molecular binding and, most recently, chiral recognition; which all provide further insight into the growing field of supramolecular chemistry. Cativands have functional groups attached to a cup shaped base to create cavities, which bind with specified molecules to facilitate their separation. In our group’s recent synthesis of glutamic acid resorcinarenes, it was found that micelle-like aggregates formed. We are currently in the process of synthesizing more glutamic acid resorcinarene aggregates, with the goal to accurately characterize and control their aggregation patterns.