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Degree of molecular self-sorting in multicomponent systems

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Abstract

Self-sorting represents the spontaneous and high fidelity self and/or non-self-recognition of two or more related components within a complex mixture. While the effective management of self-sorting principles perceptibly requires some key expertise in molecular programming, at a higher stage of operation it is of supreme interest to guide the process to increasingly higher degrees of self-sorting. In this article, we present the emerging principles of how to guide several components toward formation of self-sorted multicomponent architectures. To provide further guidance in denominating such systems, we suggest to utilise a systematic classification as well as a formula to evaluate their degree of self-sorting (M).

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Submitted
13 Jan 2012
Accepted
13 Mar 2012
First published
27 Apr 2012

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012,10, 4651-4684
Article type
Perspective

Degree of molecular self-sorting in multicomponent systems

M. Lal Saha and M. Schmittel, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 4651
DOI: 10.1039/C2OB25098E

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