Supramolecular surfactants derived from calixarenes

Luis García-Rio, Nuno Basílio

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Supramolecular surfactants self-aggregate via noncovalent interactions. The process is rapid and reversible which makes them potentially useful for the design of stimuli-responsive systems. Here we focus on host:guest interactions using calixarenes as molecular receptors. Calixarenes are an important family of molecular receptors because of their ease of preparation and post-modification. The calixarenes discussed here cannot self-aggregate, but when combined with an appropriate guest molecule readily self-associate. Different types of aggregates are obtained, e.g., micelles or vesicles, depending upon the structures of the calixarene and guest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-237
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • Calixarene
  • Micelle
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Supramolecular surfactant
  • Vesicle


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