Self-assembling wholly synthetic systems

Françisco M. Raymo, J. Fraser Stoddart

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The idea of synthesizing, efficiently and precisely, large and complex artificial molecular assemblies and supramolecular arrays from simple modular components has resulted in some chemical scientists using self-assembly in chemical synthesis, thus mimicking the many and beautiful examples of this paradigm in nature. Coordination of organic ligands around metal centres, hydrogen bonding interactions, and donor/acceptor π-π-stacking interactions have been employed to self-assemble numerous structures and superstructures, such as double and triple helices, grids, cages, and square-like networks, two- and three-dimensional aggregates, tubular ensembles, as well as a large number of mechanically interlocked molecular compounds, such as catenanes, rotaxanes, and knots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-126
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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