Supramolecular chemistry at the single-molecule level

Rainer Eckel, Robert Ros, Björn Decker, Jochen Mattay, Dario Anselmetti

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(Figure Presented) Pulling power: The specific interaction of individual (alkyl) ammonium residues with a resorc[4]arene cavitand that is attached to a gold surface are investigated. Measurements are made by attaching the residue to the cantilever of an atomic force microscope (AFM; see picture). The results confirm that the affinity of the guest for the host depends of their mutual steric compatibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-488
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 3 2005


  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Calixarenes
  • Host-guest systems
  • Single molecules
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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