What are cyclodextrins?

Cyclodextrins (CDs) are cyclic oligosaccharides consisting of glucose subunits linked by α-(1,4) bonds. The family includes α-CD with 6 glucose units, β-CD with 7, and γ-CD with 8. These molecules are structured to form a cavity that can encapsulate hydrophobic groups, creating host-guest inclusion complexes. This unique feature makes CDs highly valuable across various industries for enhancing solubility, providing protection, and reducing the toxicity of diverse molecules like drugs, dyes, and surfactants. CDs find extensive applications in numerous fields including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, hygiene products, biotechnology, medicine, radiology, agriculture, catalysis, packaging, textiles, nanotechnology, and environmental management. Common everyday items containing CDs range from ibuprofen tablets and hair loss treatments to toothpastes, shampoos, colognes, deodorants, food supplements, and even components used in chromatography and water treatment. Given their broad utility, it’s common to encounter these compounds daily, and they are the subject of over 2000 scholarly articles each year.

Get in the Loop: Cyclodextrin Hula-Hoops

Not only do CDs have widespread applications in industries due to their ability to form inclusion complexes, but their unique donut-shaped structure also makes them perfect for interactive learning. Imagine using these ring-shaped molecules as hula-hoops! In this AR app, you can virtually ‘wear’ different types of CDs around your waist. Dance and spin around to explore these fascinating molecules in real-time. It’s a fun, engaging way to visualize and understand the dynamic capabilities of CDs while dancing along. So, let’s turn up the music and learn chemistry with a twist.

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