The Byron W. Purse research group is active in the field of supramolecular chemistry, which is dedicated to the understanding of how molecules recognize one another and interact in specific patterns, and how this knowledge can be applied. Our current focus is on supramolecular catalysis: we are developing new methods for trapping reactive chemicals in synthetic binding pockets and using these sub-nanoscale environments to control chemistry. Because this method deviates from classical approaches, it offers a new chance to control chemical reactions that have been long-standing challenges for conventional catalysis.
In parallel with this research, we are studying the small molecule-binding properties of our synthetic pockets with the goals of advancing knowledge of artificial chemical receptor design and of applying our molecules to problems of chemical separation and sensing.
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