Photochemistry of supramolecular systems and nanostructured assemblies. In memory of Professor Nick Turro (1938–2012)
Guest editor Alberto Credi introduces the Photochemistry of supramolecular systems and nanostructured assemblies themed issue of Chemical Society Reviews which is dedicated to the memory of Professor Nick Turro.
Lanthanide-directed synthesis of luminescent self-assembly supramolecular structures and mechanically bonded systems from acyclic coordinating organic ligands
This review focuses on recent developments made in the area of lanthanide directed synthesis/formation of supramolecular self-assembly structures including the formation of complexes/bundles, helicates, MOFs and interlocked molecules.
A multicomponent molecular approach to artificial photosynthesis – the role of fullerenes and endohedral metallofullerenes
In this review article, we highlight recent advances in the field of solar energy conversion at a molecular level.
Strategies for interfacing inorganic nanocrystals with biological systems based on polymer-coating
A representative set of nanocrystals made of semiconductors, Au and iron oxide, surface-capped with polymer ligands presenting various metal-coordinating groups.
Dye-doped silica nanoparticles as luminescent organized systems for nanomedicine
This review summarizes developments and applications of luminescent dye doped silica nanoparticles as versatile organized systems for nanomedicine.
When self-assembly meets biology: luminescent platinum complexes for imaging applications
Self-assembled luminescent structures based on platinum complexes. A new tool for bioimaging?
Photoactive assemblies of organic compounds and biomolecules: drug–protein supramolecular systems
Modification of the drug excited state properties within proteins provides information on binding and may result in a different photoreactivity.
Oligo(phenylenevinylene) hybrids and self-assemblies: versatile materials for excitation energy transfer
The engineering of the nanostructure of OPV based self-assemblies allows control of photoinduced energy transfer processes, leading to materials exhibiting tunable luminescence colours, including white.
Chemical designs of functional photoactive molecular assemblies
Molecular assemblies with defined structures capable of photo-induced electron transfer or photochemical reactions are reviewed, emphasizing their supramolecular features.
Template effects and supramolecular control of photoreactions in solution
A review of supramolecular and template effects on photochemical reactions in solution is presented.
Photoresponsive polymer nanocarriers with multifunctional cargo
Multiple photoresponsive species with distinct functions can be encapsulated within the hydrophobic interior of polymer nanocarriers to assemble multifunctional supramolecular systems with engineered photochemical and photophysical properties.
Recent advances in chiral photochemistry mediated by supramolecular hosts are reviewed.
Learning from photobiology how to design molecular devices using a computer
Learning how to model photo-responsive proteins may open the way to the design of lightpowered biomimetic molecular devices.
Supramolecular photocatalysis: combining confinement and non-covalent interactions to control light initiated reactions
Photocatalysis mediated by different supramolecules is reviewed with an eye towards developing tailored systems for controlling photochemical reactivity and selectivity.
Photoinduced electron transfer across molecular bridges: electron- and hole-transfer superexchange pathways
A tutorial review outlining a general conceptual framework, based on superexchange, to discuss the role of chemical bridges in photoinduced electron transfer processes.
Light to investigate (read) and operate (write) molecular devices and machines
Functional supramolecular systems can exploit photoinduced processes for gaining energy as well as for providing information on their state. We discuss the operation of these species from a fundamental viewpoint and we illustrate their potential to function as nanoscale devices and machines by means of selected examples.
Supramolecular photochemistry of drugs in biomolecular environments
We illustrate how the interaction of drugs with proteins or DNA in supramolecular complexes can influence the reactions initiated by drug absorbed photons, evidencing the differences with respect to solution.
The conceptual framework for the kinetic studies to characterize the dynamics of supramolecular systems is described.
About this collection
Chemical Society Reviews is delighted to present a themed issue on supramolecular photochemistry. The issue which is guest edited by Alberto Credi, gathers together the most prominent, recent advances in photochemistry at its frontiers with supramolecular chemistry, materials science, and biochemistry. The issue is dedicated to Professor Nick Turro, who sadly passed away in 2012, to celebrate his enormous contribution to photochemical sciences.