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Chemical complexity—supramolecular self-assembly of synthetic and biological building blocks in water

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Aqueous supramolecular chemistry, the non-covalent assembly of simple building blocks into higher ordered architectures in water has received much focus recently. Biological systems are able to form complex, and well-defined microstructures essential to cellular function, and supramolecular chemistry has demonstrated its utility in assembling molecules to form increasingly complex assemblies. This tutorial review will summarise non-covalent building blocks based on both synthetic and biological systems in an aqueous environment, emphasising the complexity of the assemblies formed. Examples of higher ordered assemblies will be highlighted, from supramolecular plastics to spider silks, towards more compartmentalised protocell precursors.

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The article was received on 26 Oct 2009 and first published on 29 Jun 2010


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B922348G
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 2806-2816
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    Chemical complexity—supramolecular self-assembly of synthetic and biological building blocks in water

    J. M. Zayed, N. Nouvel, U. Rauwald and O. A. Scherman, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 2806
    DOI: 10.1039/B922348G

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