Cryptands and Cryptates


Authors : Luigi Fabbrizzi (Università di Pavia, Italy)

Publisher : World Scientific

ISBN : 978-1-78634-369-7

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Cryptands were introduced by Jean-Marie Lehn in 1969 as cage-shaped selective ligands for alkali and alkaline-earth metal ions, which lie at the heart of supramolecular chemistry. This book reports on much of the research in the field since the '70s, and looks at, amongst other topics, metal coordination chemistry, anion coordination chemistry, the encapsulation and taming of reactive anions, the formation of cascade complexes and the design of fluorescent sensors for ionic analytes.

Cryptands and Cryptates has been written as a coursebook, structured as a series of lectures for graduate students or advanced researchers in chemistry, materials science, chemical biology and nanotechnology. It is fully illustrated to show experiments and results, and is intended to stimulate further interest in this fertile field of supramolecular chemistry.

Chapters are preceded by a Foreword by Jean-Marie Lehn.
Luigi Fabbrizzi was born in Florence in 1946 and obtained a degree in Chemistry from the University of Florence in 1969. From 1972 to 1980, he was a research assistant and a lecturer at the same university. In 1980 he moved to the University of Pavia, where he was a Professor of Chemistry until 2014, and is currently a Professor Emeritus. Since 2009, he has been a Honorary Professor at the East China University of Science and Technology of Shanghai. In 2010, he received the Izatt-Christensen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry. His research interests cover several aspects of supramolecular chemistry including metal template reactions, molecular switches of fluorescence, anion recognition and sensing, and molecular machines based on ion translocation.
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