Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 2, 2007
Previous Article Next Article

From supramolecular chemistry towards constitutional dynamic chemistry and adaptive chemistry

Author affiliations

Abstract

Supramolecular chemistry has developed over the last forty years as chemistry beyond the molecule. Starting with the investigation of the basis of molecular recognition, it has explored the implementation of molecular information in the programming of chemical systems towards self-organisation processes, that may occur either on the basis of design or with selection of their components. Supramolecular entities are by nature constitutionally dynamic by virtue of the lability of non-covalent interactions. Importing such features into molecular chemistry, through the introduction of reversible bonds into molecules, leads to the emergence of a constitutional dynamic chemistry, covering both the molecular and supramolecular levels. It considers chemical objects and systems capable of responding to external solicitations by modification of their constitution through component exchange or reorganisation. It thus opens the way towards an adaptive and evolutive chemistry, a further step towards the chemistry of complex matter.

Graphical abstract: From supramolecular chemistry towards constitutional dynamic chemistry and adaptive chemistry

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was first published on 15 Dec 2006


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/B616752G
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007,36, 151-160
  •   Request permissions

    From supramolecular chemistry towards constitutional dynamic chemistry and adaptive chemistry

    J. Lehn, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007, 36, 151
    DOI: 10.1039/B616752G

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements