The biggest crown ether experimentally confirmed is 81-crown-27 1 How can this molecule form complexes when the distance between the 27 oxygen atoms which complexes with the cation inside seems extremely large, making coordination seems extremely hard.
Moreover, from my understanding of coordination bonding, it seems that there is an extreme excess of electron sharing from the aforementioned oxygen atoms, to the point that it seems electrostatic repulsion should take over. The discovery is only observational in nature, so this in not addressed. I might be making wrong assumptions here, so clarify if needed. Thank you.