Receptor conformational change induces fluoride binding despite competitive water binding

Laurent Trembleau (Corresponding Author), Tim A. D. Smith, Mostafa H Abdelrahman

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Fluoride binding by artificial receptors in water remains a challenging task due to the high hydration enthalpy of this anion. A novel cationic boron-based tripodal receptor featuring three flexible ammonium-containing arms has been prepared. NMR spectroscopy studies show that the receptor is capable of binding selectively the fluoride anion with high affinity in acidic water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5850-5852
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number52
Early online date9 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2013


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