Supramolecular chemistry anniversary
Guest editors David B. Amabilino and Philip A. Gale introduce the Supramolecular Chemistry Anniversary issue of Chemical Society Reviews.
Supramolecular chemistry: Where from? Where to?
It is difficult to determine when the area termed “Supramolecular Chemistry” started and thus what anniversary there really is.
Charles J. Pedersen's legacy to chemistry
A remarkable person, Charles J. Pedersen's legacy to chemistry was the serendipitous discovery of crown ethers that netted him the 1987 Nobel Prize.
Practical applications of supramolecular chemistry
Supramolecular chemistry has branched into many different subfields, finding practical applications in sensing, molecular imaging, metal extraction, and drug delivery.
Surveying macrocyclic chemistry: from flexible crown ethers to rigid cyclophanes
This review features the progress made in the development of macrocycles since Pedersen's ground-breaking discovery of the crown ethers in 1967.
Chiral metallosupramolecular architectures
A comprehensive summary of construction and potential applications of discrete, chiral metallosupramolecular architectures is presented herein.
Metal ions in the synthesis of interlocked molecules and materials
We discuss the various roles that metal ions play, and their advantages, in the synthesis of mechanically interlocked materials.
Artificial molecular motors
Artificial molecular motors take inspiration from motor proteins, nature's solution for achieving directional molecular level motion. An overview is given of the principal designs of artificial molecular motors and their modes of operation. We identify some key challenges remaining in the field.
A series of exciting phenomena that can occur in supramolecular systems away from equilibrium are reviewed.
Frontiers of supramolecular chemistry at solid surfaces
Supramolecular chemistry on solid surfaces represents an exciting field of research that continues to develop in new and unexpected directions.
Crystallography of encapsulated molecules
The crystallography of supramolecular host–guest complexes is reviewed focusing on encapsulated guest molecules inside different host molecules with special emphasis on the crystalline sponge method.
Anion transport and supramolecular medicinal chemistry
New approaches to the transmembrane transport of anions are discussed in this review.
Assessing cooperativity in supramolecular systems
In this tutorial review, different aspects of cooperativity in supramolecular chemistry and their thermodynamic analysis are discussed.
The aqueous supramolecular chemistry of cucurbit[n]urils, pillar[n]arenes and deep-cavity cavitands
This tutorial review summarizes the continuing exploration of three prominent water-soluble hosts: cucurbiturils, pillar[n]arenes and deep-cavity cavitands.
Recent progress in the design and applications of fluorescence probes containing crown ethers
Crown ethers, discovered by the winner of the Nobel Prize Charles Pedersen, are cyclic chemical compounds that consist of a ring or multiple rings containing several ether groups that are capable of binding various ions.
Molecular material properties depend upon the contacts between and the arrangement of the component parts, and therefore supramolecular chemistry has developed a highly important role in this area.
Bioinspired assembly of small molecules in cell milieu
This review provides new insights and approaches for exploring bioinspired self-assembly of small molecules in cellular milieu.
Synthetic mimics of biotin/(strept)avidin
Biotin/(strept)avidin self-assembly can be mimicked using supramolecular pairs based on synthetic derivatives of cyclodextrins, cucurbiturils, and various organic cyclophanes.
About this collection
We are delighted to present our themed issue celebrating the anniversary of supramolecular chemistry, guest edited by Professors David B Amabilino (University of Nottingham) and Philip A Gale (University of Sydney). This special issue of Chemical Society Reviews marks the anniversary of Charles Pedersen’s landmark work on crown ethers in 1967 and celebrates the fifty years of supramolecular chemistry that followed, as well as the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognising the areas of crown ether, host-guest and molecular recognition chemistries. This issue is distinctive because many of the reviews have been co-authored by leading groups in the field, creating a series of collaborative reviews that provide definitive coverage of contemporary supramolecular chemistry. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.