Calixarene-engineered surfaces and separation science

Review Article


After their discovery, calixarenes have attracted the attention of many researchers from various disciplines. This group of supramolecules has an increasing popularity and this is most probably related with the flexibility of calixarene chemistry. Owing to their multifunctional character and stability, calixarenes became important precursors in separation science to derive new-type of sorbents or stationary phases. Immobilization of calixarenes to a suitable solid support (e.g. silica, synthetic polymers, magnetite nanoparticles, etc.) is a very popular concept being used for this purpose, and various immobilization methodologies have been proposed in the literature. In the present work, some state-of-the-art researches and developments published in the past are reviewed in a collective manner, and thus fundamentals of calixarene-immobilization and the application of the obtained materials in sorption and high performance liquid chromatography are represented.


Adsorption Calixarene Chromatography Immobilization Supramolecules Purification 



Authors wish to thank Nigde University (Nigde, Turkey) and Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University (Karaman, Turkey) for the facilities provided.


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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and ArtsNigde UniversityNigdeTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Bioengineering, Faculty of EngineeringKaramanoğlu Mehmetbey UniversityKaramanTurkey

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