Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Macrocyclic chemistry

A star is born

A Correction to this article was published on 22 August 2013

This article has been updated

Macrocycles have been a mainstay of supramolecular chemistry since its beginnings. The latest addition to this rank of host compounds is the result of a simple and high-yielding one-step method that produces a star-shaped macrocycle able to bind anionic guests — and has the potential for generating a wide range of anion-responsive structures.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Prices vary by article type



Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Figure 1: Synthesis, structure and anion recognition by a 'cyanostar' macrocycle.

Change history

  • 24 July 2013

    In the version of this News & Views previously published, in Fig. 1 the structure for the cyanostar macrocycle was missing a bond. Corrected in the HTML and PDF versions after print.


  1. Cram, D. J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 27, 1009–1020 (1988).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Lehn, J.-M. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 27, 89–112 (1988).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Pedersen, C. J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 27, 1021–1027 (1988).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Lee, S., Chen, C.-H. & Flood, A. H. Nature Chem. 5, 704–710 10.1038/nchem.1668(2013).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  5. Yang, W., Li, Y., Liu, H., Chi, L. & Li, Y. Small 8, 504–516 (2012).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to James A. Wisner.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Wisner, J. A star is born. Nature Chem 5, 646–647 (2013).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing