These are preliminary reports that have not been peer-reviewed. They should not be regarded as conclusive, guide clinical practice/health-related behavior, or be reported in news media as established information. For more information, please see our FAQs.
Preprints are manuscripts made publicly available before they have been submitted for formal peer review and publication. They might contain new research findings or data. Preprints can be a draft or final version of an author's research but must not have been accepted for publication at the time of submission.
Novel ﬂat crown ether molecules have been characterized in silico using DFT hybrid and hybrid-meta functionals. Monomer units of Si2C3 with a planar tetracoordinate carbon atom have been used as building blocks. Alkali (Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, and Cs+) and alkaline-earth (Ca2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+) metals, and uranyl (UO2+ 2 ) ion selective complexes have also been theoretically identiﬁed. The high symmetry and higher structural rigidity of the host molecules may likely to impart higher selectivity in chelation. Theoretical binding energies have been computed and experimental studies are invited.