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Supramolecular aggregates as sensory ensembles

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As a new emerging area in chemical sensing, sensing using supramolecular aggregates exhibits unique advantages over that using conventional small-molecule chemical sensors, in terms of high sensitivity and selectivity, and the simplicity of the sensory building blocks. This Feature Article outlines the recent research progress made in sensing based on induced supramolecular aggregation–disaggregation. The reviewed sensory building blocks, in general, in the form of a small molecular sensor, yet with a much simpler structure, which form aggregates, are those of perylene derivatives, pyrene derivatives, tetraphenylethylene derivatives, metallophilic species and metal–organic frameworks.

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The article was received on 22 Jul 2016, accepted on 31 Aug 2016 and first published on 31 Aug 2016

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC06075G
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 12929-12939
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    Supramolecular aggregates as sensory ensembles

    Q. Wang, Z. Li, D. Tao, Q. Zhang, P. Zhang, D. Guo and Y. Jiang, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 12929
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CC06075G

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