Nanocarriers used as probes for super-resolution microscopy
Super-resolution microscopy (SRM) has revolutionized cell biology, enabling visualization of cellular structures with nanometric resolution, single-molecule sensitivity, and with multiple colors. Here we review how nanocontainers have been used to enhance these techniques.
The power of dissociation: development of displacement assays for chemosensing and latent catalytic systems
Disassembly is an essential process in supramolecular chemistry. In this review, different bimetallic donor–acceptor-based chemosensors, chemodosimeters, catalysts and latent catalysts founded on various displacement assays will be discussed.
Non-equilibrium kinetics and trajectory thermodynamics of synthetic molecular pumps
Hypothetical transmembrane rotaxane as a model for trajectory thermodynamic theory of synthetic molecular pumps.
High-order structures from nucleic acids for biomedical applications
This article reviews important developments in DNA nanotechnology and RNA nanotechnology and highlights supramolecular nucleic acid structures with biomedical applications.
Exploiting the mechanical bond for molecular recognition and sensing of charged species
This review presents progress in the field of MIM hosts for ion recognition and sensing since 2014, focusing on the synthetic approaches employed and mechanisms of host–guest binding and detection.
Fluorescent materials-based information storage
Fluorescent materials-based information storage systems are characterised by attractive data security, stability, and stimuli responsive features. We summarise here, recent progress in the area of fluorescent materials-based information storage codes.
Dynamic covalent polymers for biomedical applications
Dynamic covalent polymers have emerged as intriguing, new materials with unique properties. In this article, their synthesis, properties, and applications in the biomedical field have been reviewed.
The supramolecular assemblies based on heteroatom-containing triangulenes
The assemblies derived from the various types of heteroatom-containing triangulenes are reviewed with respect to their supramolecular structures, characterization, properties and potential application.
ROY confined in hydrogen-bonded frameworks: coercing conformation of a chromophore
The conformation of 5-methyl-2-[(2-nitrophenyl)amino]-3-thiophenecarbonitrile, known as ROY for the Red-Orange-Yellow of its crystal polymorphs, is restricted by confinement in guanidinium organosulfonate hydrogen-bonded frameworks.
A zinc-responsive fluorophore based on 5′-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-pyridylthiazole
p-Hydroxylphenylpyridylthiazole (HPPT) produces charge transfer induced fluorescence strongly influenced by metal ions. The Zn–HPPT-complex exhibits a Stokes emission of 137 nm (67 nm shift relative to neutral HPPT) with a quantum yield of 92%.
pH-Dependent morphology and optical properties of lysine-derived molecular biodynamers
The spherical micelles of the carbazole monomer transformed into nanorods in the course of the polymerization. The polymeric nanorods show pH-dependent changes in fluorescence emission and size.
Incorporation of narcissistic self-sorting supramolecular interactions for the spontaneous fabrication of multiple-color solid-state materials for OLED applications
A hat trick makes vesicles self-sort into their color families!
The synthesis of nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene quantum dots for fluorescence detection of cobalt(II) ions in water
A highly sensitive and selective fluorescence sensor using N,S-GQDs for the detection of Co2+ within 3 minutes.
About this collection
Materials Chemistry Frontiers is delighted to present this themed collection on “Supramolecular Chemistry: Towards Materials Frontiers and Complex Systems” to celebrate Professor Jean-Marie Lehn’s 80th Birthday and in honour of his tremendous contributions to supramolecular chemistry!
Professor Jean-Marie Lehn received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 for studies on molecular recognition. Over the years, he expanded his research to a new field - supramolecular chemistry and more recently towards adaptive chemistry, and continues to innovate in these fields.
Guest edited by Xiao-Yu Cao (Xiamen University), Andrew Marsh (The University of Warwick) and Jonathan L Sessler (The University of Texas at Austin), this web collection highlights some of the most recent efforts in supramolecular Chemistry by Prof. Lehn’s colleagues and friends.
More articles will be added as soon as they are published.