Molecular modeling of calixarenes with group I metal ions

Steven Bell, M.A. McKervey, D. Fayne, P. Kane, D. Diamond

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Molecular mechanics calculations have been used to model the geometries of the complexes of Group I metal ions with calix[n]arenes (n = 4,5). A simple procedure in which the calixarene atoms are assigned partial charges on the basis of AM1 calculations and the metal ions are allowed to bind electrostatically to the calixarenes produces surprising good results when the resulting structures are compared to known crystallographic data on the complexes. Encapsulated solvent molecules and/or counterions can be included in the calculations and, indeed, are necessary to reproduce the X-ray data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-52
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Modeling
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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