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Self-assembly of trigonal building blocks into nanostructures: molecular design and biomedical applications

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Abstract

Trigonal molecules have a special triskelion structure similar to clathrin protein, providing great inspiration for constructing artificial nanoassemblies. To date, various synthetic trigonal conjugates have been designed for supramolecular self-assembly, which have demonstrated versatile and controllable self-assembly ability in materials science. Here we will review the design of trigonal (sometimes called three-legged, tripodal, C3-symmetric, or triskelion) building blocks that can self-assemble into various nanostructures and discuss the biomedical applications of the self-assembled nanomaterials.

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Submitted
30 Apr 2020
Accepted
10 Jul 2020
First published
20 Jul 2020

J. Mater. Chem. B, 2020,8, 6739-6752
Article type
Review Article

Self-assembly of trigonal building blocks into nanostructures: molecular design and biomedical applications

K. Long, Y. Liu, Y. Li and W. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2020, 8, 6739
DOI: 10.1039/D0TB01128B

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