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Reactivity in organised assemblies

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This report reviews recent publications that explore organic reactivity in a variety of organised assemblies, including supramolecular aggregates, colloidal structures (e.g., micelles, microemulsions), liquid crystals, dendrimers, nanoparticles, mono- and multi-layers. The effects that organisation of organic material have on reactivity are arranged in four sections: (i) the enforced juxtaposition of functional groups in the organised assemblies that leads to intramolecular reactivity or cooperative catalysis (proximity effect, similar to neighbouring group participation in small molecules); (ii) diffusion of reagents into the interior of the organised assembly that leads to a microenvironment different from the bulk solvent (solvent effect); (iii) unique properties of the interface between the organised assembly and the bulk solvent (interface effect); and (iv) the confinement of molecules within the restricted space of the organised assembly (steric effect). The report covers literature from 2007 to early 2008.

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The article was first published on 21 Jul 2008

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B801281B
Citation: Annu. Rep. Prog. Chem., Sect. B: Org. Chem., 2008,104, 331-348

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    Reactivity in organised assemblies

    V. Chechik, Annu. Rep. Prog. Chem., Sect. B: Org. Chem., 2008, 104, 331
    DOI: 10.1039/B801281B

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