Synthetic stratergies towards a diureidocalixarene
Reid, Suazette N.
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Self-organization is a common occurrence among molecules in nature and questions of how and why these molecules interact and come together by intermolecular forces has been under investigation by those interested in molecular recognition. Synthetic molecules able to mimic nature have become important in the area of supramolecular chemistry. Calixarenes are a group of molecules that is being investigated for their ability to self-assemble into dimeric capsules. Such capsules can be very useful for catalysis, molecular recognition and for encapsulation. The synthetic stratergies involved in the synthesis of a diureidocalixarene is presented. In this case the taget molecule is a tetrapropylcalixarene substituted on the upper rim with two urea groups separated by a hydrocarbon chain will be synthesized. This molecule can then be used to investigate its dimerization properties.