Supramolecular host-guest interactions in aqueous environment were studied by dynamic single molecule force spectroscopy. The unbinding between ferrocene moieties immobilized on atomic force microscopy tips and B-cyclodextrin receptors in highly ordered self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) was studied. The rupture force of individual ferrocene-B-cyclodextrin complexes was found to be 56 ± 10 pN. The value of this unbinding force was independent of the unloading rate. This was attributed to the fast (de)complexation kinetics of the host-guest complex.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the American Chemical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|