The noncovalent complexation of three glucosylcalixarenes (1-3) towards 23 mono- and dicarboxylic acid anions were studied by ESI-FTICR mass spectrometry. Competitive complexation, collision-induced dissociation and gas-phase H/D-exchange experiments were performed to obtain information on selectivity of calixarenes towards carboxylates and characteristics of their complexes. The flexibility and number of glucose units of the host and the spatial disposition of the hydrogen bonding groups on the carboxylate guests were found to affect the selectivity of complexation strongly. The glucosylcalixarenes exhibited particular selectivity for dicarboxylic acid anions incorporating π-systems, and clear isomeric selectivity was observed for isophthalic among phthalic acid anions and for fumaric acid over maleic acid anion
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