Thiacalixarene. A new molecular scaffold for host molecules

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Thiacalixarenes are new members in the calixarene family, which are readily accessible by reacting p-alkylphenols with elemental sulfur using NaOH as a base catalyst. With the progress of work, it has been demonstrated that these sulfur-bridged macrocycles are not the simple substitute for parent calixarenes but have their own inherent properties due to sulfur functionality. This review discloses the syntheses and modifications of thiacalixarenes and development of their intrinsic functions that cannot be attained by the conventional methylene-bridged counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-562
Number of pages13
JournalYuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jun


  • Calixarene
  • Chiral compound
  • Host-guest chemistry
  • Metal ion
  • Molecular recognition
  • Oxidation
  • Sulfone
  • Sulfoxide
  • Thiacalixarene
  • X-ray crystallography


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