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Insights into the effect of nanoconfinement on molecular interactions

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Abstract

Being confined within nanoscale space, substances may exhibit unique physicochemical properties. The effect of nanoconfinement on molecular interactions is of significance, but a sound understanding has not been established yet. Here we present a quantitative study on boronate affinity (covalent) and electrostatic (non-covalent) interactions confined within mesoporous silica. We show that both interactions were enhanced by the confinement and that the enhancement depended on the closeness of the interacting location, as well as on the difference between the pore size and the molecular size. The overall enhancement could reach 3 orders of magnitude.

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The article was received on 15 Mar 2014, accepted on 16 May 2014 and first published on 22 May 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4NR01440E
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Citation: Nanoscale, 2014,6, 9563-9567
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    Insights into the effect of nanoconfinement on molecular interactions

    Y. Chen, S. Wang, J. Ye, D. Li, Z. Liu and X. Wu, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 9563
    DOI: 10.1039/C4NR01440E

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