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Supramolecular Amphiphiles Editor: Xi Zhang

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15 Jun 2017
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About this book

An amphiphile is a molecule that contains a hydrophilic part and a hydrophobic part, linked by covalent bonding. Supramolecular amphiphiles (supra-amphiphiles) are amphiphiles linked by non-covalent interactions. As they employ non-covalent interactions, these species demonstrate adaptability and reversibility in conformational transformation, making them one of the most important emerging species in supramolecular chemistry. They have proven important in bridging the gap between molecular architecture and functional assembly.

This book is written and edited by the current leaders in the topic and contains a foreword from Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, a father of the supramolecular chemistry field. Bringing together supramolecular chemistry and colloidal and interfacial science, the book provides a detailed and systematic introduction to supramolecular amphiphiles. Chapters explain how to employ non-covalent interactions to fabricate supra-amphiphiles. The book opens with an introduction to the history and development of the field, followed by chapters focussing on each type of interaction, including host-guest interaction, electrostatic interaction, charge-transfer interaction, hydrogen bonding and dynamic covalent bonds.

This book will be a valuable resource for students new to this field and experienced researchers wanting to explore the wider context of their work.

Author information

Prof. Xi Zhang, received his B.S. degree (1986) and Ph.D (1992) from the Department of Chemistry, Jilin University. As a joint-training Ph.D student, he worked with Prof. Helmut Ringsdorf, University of Mainz, Germany, between 1991 and 1992. He became a full professor of Jilin University in 1994. Since 2003, he has been a full professor of the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University. Currently, he is also the Department Chair.