Mastering molecular matter. Supramolecular architectures by hierarchical self-assembly

Elemans, Johannes A. A. W., Rowan, Alan E. and Nolte, Roeland J. M. (2003) Mastering molecular matter. Supramolecular architectures by hierarchical self-assembly. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 13 11: 2661-2670. doi:10.1039/b304972h

Author Elemans, Johannes A. A. W.
Rowan, Alan E.
Nolte, Roeland J. M.
Title Mastering molecular matter. Supramolecular architectures by hierarchical self-assembly
Journal name Journal of Materials Chemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-9428
Publication date 2003-05-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1039/b304972h
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Issue 11
Start page 2661
End page 2670
Total pages 10
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Language eng
Abstract Since the serendipitous event that led to the first synthesis of a molecule by the hands of Man in 1826, the creation of molecular matter depended for 150 years on linking together molecules from other molecular building blocks with the help of strong covalent bonds. The advent of supramolecular chemistry in the last decades of the 20th century has provided chemists with a wealth of new possibilities to synthesize molecular structures and materials that are held together by relatively weak, non-covalent interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, π-π stacking, electrostatic and van der Waals interactions. Using nature as a source of inspiration, the creation of even more complex supramolecular architectures has recently become possible by applying the concept of hierarchical self-assembly, i.e. the non-covalent organization of molecules and macromolecules which takes places over distinct multiple levels, in which the assembly processes gradually decrease in strength. This review will focus on some recent discoveries in the field of spontaneous hierarchical organization of synthetic amphiphiles, disk-like molecules and concave building blocks into well-defined nano-sized assemblies.
Keyword Chemistry, Physical
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Publications
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