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SUPRAMOLECULAR CAGES

A ravel alliance

A new class of interwoven metal–organic containers, including one with a cubic architecture, twelve crossing points and a large internal volume, has now been reported. Interconversion between different self-assembled structures can be triggered by simply exchanging the associated anions.

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Fig. 1: Molecular knots and ravels.

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Heard, A.W., Speakman, N.M.A. & Nitschke, J.R. A ravel alliance. Nat. Chem. 13, 824–826 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-021-00776-1

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