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Adaptive soft molecular self-assemblies

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Adaptive molecular self-assemblies provide possibility of constructing smart and functional materials in a non-covalent bottom-up manner. Exploiting the intrinsic properties of responsiveness of non-covalent interactions, a great number of fancy self-assemblies have been achieved. In this review, we try to highlight the recent advances in this field. The following contents are focused: (1) environmental adaptiveness, including smart self-assemblies adaptive to pH, temperature, pressure, and moisture; (2) special chemical adaptiveness, including nanostructures adaptive to important chemicals, such as enzymes, CO2, metal ions, redox agents, explosives, biomolecules; (3) field adaptiveness, including self-assembled materials that are capable of adapting to external fields such as magnetic field, electric field, light irradiation, and shear forces.

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The article was received on 25 Sep 2015, accepted on 19 Oct 2015 and first published on 26 Oct 2015

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02397A
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Soft Matter, 2016,12, 337-357

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    Adaptive soft molecular self-assemblies

    A. Wang, W. Shi, J. Huang and Y. Yan, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 337
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02397A

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