Chemistry Supramolecular chemistry
11 Jan 2021
Researchers at Kanazawa University report in Communications Chemistry that a molecule known as pillararene can form a host–guest compound with a cancer-associated metabolite. The phenomenon can be used to efficiently detect the metabolite in crude biological samples, which is important for preventing and treating metabolic syndrome and associated pathologies.
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Tony Z. Jia is a researcher at Japan’s Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research focuses on astrobiology, prebiotic chemistry, and origins of life.
Dr. Leung is an Associate Professor and Programme Director at the Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Hong Kong SAR, P. R. China. He concurrently holds the Honorary Associate Professorship at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry in UK and a member in the State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis at HKBU. He was elected as a Founding Member of The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences. His research interests are in the field of supramolecular chemistry, organic materials catalysis, nanoscience, and nanomedicine.