Photoresponsive Binding Dynamics in High-Affinity Cucurbit[8]uril-Dithienylethene Host-Guest Complexes

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The use of external stimuli to control the binding kinetics in supramolecular systems is of critical importance for the development of advanced molecular machines and devices. In this work, a study focused on the kinetics of a water-soluble host-guest system based on cucurbit[8]uril and two dithienylethene (DTE) photoswitches is reported. It is shown that for the DTE guest comprising two anionic sulfonate side arms appended to pyridinium moieties, the formation/dissociation of the pseudorotaxane structures is slowed down by more than 100000-fold with respect to its bipyridinium analogue. The decrease in ingression rate leads to the emergence of a competitive metastable product with the open DTE isomer that has an important influence in the overall binding kinetics. Moreover, the host-guest dissociation kinetics is demonstrated to be approximately 100-fold slower for the closed DTE isomer (t1/2=107 h vs. t1/2=1.2 h for the open isomer) allowing control over the dissociation rate with light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9550-9555
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2021


  • diarylethenes
  • inclusion complexes
  • kinetics
  • photochemistry
  • supramolecular chemistry


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