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Issue 4, 2013
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Functional behaviour from controlled self-assembly: challenges and prospects

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Abstract

Many naturally occurring systems show us how multi-component supramolecular assemblies can generate useful functional behaviour. In this article the problems and limitations associated with achieving such behaviour in artificial multi-component assemblies is discussed, together with two examples of functions in artificial supramolecular assemblies based on (i) host–guest chemistry in cavities of cages, and (ii) light-harvesting in multi-chromophore arrays. Important challenges for the future are summarised.

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The article was received on 05 Apr 2012 and first published on 13 Jul 2012


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35123D
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 1619-1636
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    Functional behaviour from controlled self-assembly: challenges and prospects

    M. D. Ward and P. R. Raithby, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 1619
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35123D

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