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Themed collection Editors’ collection: Supramolecular Chemistry

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Open Access Review Article

Bioinspired temporal supramolecular polymerization

Nature's fuel-driven approach as a generic concept for structural and temporal regulation over biomimetic synthetic supramolecular polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Bioinspired temporal supramolecular polymerization
Open Access Review Article

Promising advances of thiacalix[4]arene in crystal structures

Thiacalix[4]arenes are one kind of robust scaffolds and extensively applied in supramolecular chemistry and materials science owing to their novel features.

Graphical abstract: Promising advances of thiacalix[4]arene in crystal structures
Open Access Communication

Hyperporphyrin effects extended into a J-aggregate supramolecular structure in water

5-(4-Aminophenyl)-10,15,20-tris(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin in acidic water self-assembles into a J-aggregate exhibiting a prominently red-shifted hyperporphyrin-type Q-absorption band at 742 nm.

Graphical abstract: Hyperporphyrin effects extended into a J-aggregate supramolecular structure in water
Open Access Paper

Self-assembled pH-responsive supramolecular hydrogel for hydrophobic drug delivery

Supramolecular hydrogel, AGC16/NTS, was used to encapsulate hydrophobic drug curcumin (Cur), constructing a pH-responsive drug delivery system; the uptake of released Cur by cancer cells also occurred.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembled pH-responsive supramolecular hydrogel for hydrophobic drug delivery
Open Access Paper

Preparation of prolinamide with adamantane for aldol reaction catalysis in brine and separation using a poly(AN-MA-β-CD) nanofibrous film via host–guest interaction

Prolinamide with adamantane catalyzed the aldol reaction. The reaction of cyclohexanone with m-nitrobenzaldehyde assessed recyclability of catalyst. After run, the catalyst was adsorbed with nanofibrous of polymer via host–guest interaction.

Graphical abstract: Preparation of prolinamide with adamantane for aldol reaction catalysis in brine and separation using a poly(AN-MA-β-CD) nanofibrous film via host–guest interaction
Open Access Paper

Design of melt-recyclable poly(ε-caprolactone)-based supramolecular shape-memory nanocomposites

Novel melt-recyclable poly(ε-caprolactone)/cellulose nanocrystals supramolecular nanocomposite networks with shape-memory behavior have been successfully constructed by playing with UPy chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Design of melt-recyclable poly(ε-caprolactone)-based supramolecular shape-memory nanocomposites
Open Access Paper

A novel self-healing power cable insulating material based on host–guest interactions

The insulating materials used in power cables are susceptible to damage and cracks during installation and operation.

Graphical abstract: A novel self-healing power cable insulating material based on host–guest interactions
Open Access Paper

A fluorescent calixarene-based dimeric capsule constructed via a MII–terpyridine interaction: cage structure, inclusion properties and drug release

A fluorescent calixarene-based dimeric capsule has been constructed via a MII–terpyridine interaction, and can capture mercaptopurine in solution and crystalline state and control drug release in PBS accompanied with fluorescence recovery.

Graphical abstract: A fluorescent calixarene-based dimeric capsule constructed via a MII–terpyridine interaction: cage structure, inclusion properties and drug release
Open Access Paper

Fluorescent supramolecular hydrogels self-assembled from tetraphenylethene (TPE)/single amino acid conjugates

TPE-Ser molecules exhibit non-covalent interactions necessary for hydrogelation under physiological pH conditions.

Graphical abstract: Fluorescent supramolecular hydrogels self-assembled from tetraphenylethene (TPE)/single amino acid conjugates
Open Access Paper

Supramolecular hydrogels encapsulating bioengineered mesenchymal stem cells for ischemic therapy

We developed supramolecular hydrogels encapsulating bioengineered mesenchymal stem cells for ischemia therapy.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular hydrogels encapsulating bioengineered mesenchymal stem cells for ischemic therapy
Open Access Paper

pH-responsive molecular assemblies of pyridylbutadiene derivative with cucurbit[7]uril

pH-responsive emission behavior of supramolecular complexes between pyridylbutadiene with CB7 and formation of molecular assemblies is described.

Graphical abstract: pH-responsive molecular assemblies of pyridylbutadiene derivative with cucurbit[7]uril
Open Access Paper

The role of amino acids on supramolecular co-assembly of naphthalenediimide–pyrene based hydrogelators

The importance of side chains of amino acids for NDI–Py co-assembled hydrogelation is described.

Graphical abstract: The role of amino acids on supramolecular co-assembly of naphthalenediimide–pyrene based hydrogelators
Open Access Paper

Multi-mode supermolecular polymerization driven by host–guest interactions

Multi-morphology supramolecular polymers from linear to dendritic polymerization by the introduction of azobenzene were obtained based on host–guest interaction.

Graphical abstract: Multi-mode supermolecular polymerization driven by host–guest interactions
Open Access Paper

A ratiometric fluorescence assay for acetylcholinesterase activity and inhibitor screening based on supramolecular assembly induced monomer–excimer emission transition of a perylene probe

The PDI-DHA can aggregate to form supramolecular assemblies when mixed with lauroylcholine and lauric acid, and is employed as a ratiometric fluorescence probe for the detection of AChE activity.

Graphical abstract: A ratiometric fluorescence assay for acetylcholinesterase activity and inhibitor screening based on supramolecular assembly induced monomer–excimer emission transition of a perylene probe
Open Access Paper

Targeting protein-loaded CB[8]-mediated supramolecular nanocarriers to cells

Supramolecular amphiphilic complexes of cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]), alkylated paraquat and RGD-modified azobenzene self-assemble into vesicles of 200 nm in diameter that, after loading with proteins, were used for cell targeting.

Graphical abstract: Targeting protein-loaded CB[8]-mediated supramolecular nanocarriers to cells
Open Access Paper

A novel self-assembled supramolecular sensor based on thiophene-functionalized imidazophenazine for dual-channel detection of Ag+ in an aqueous solution

A novel dual-channel chemosensor S1 is designed and synthesized, which recognizes Ag+ over other metal ions with high selectivity and sensitivity.

Graphical abstract: A novel self-assembled supramolecular sensor based on thiophene-functionalized imidazophenazine for dual-channel detection of Ag+ in an aqueous solution
Open Access Paper

Supramolecular self-assembly of a polyelectrolyte chain based on step-growth polymerization of hydrophobic and hydrophilic monomers

Polymerization of citric acid and hexamethylene diisocyanate and hydrolysis results in a polyelectrolyte PHMC. Noncovalent cross-linking of cooperative H-bonding units stabilizes the self-assembly of the PHMC chains into nanoparticles in water.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular self-assembly of a polyelectrolyte chain based on step-growth polymerization of hydrophobic and hydrophilic monomers
Open Access Paper

Transformable protein–gold hybrid materials serve as supramolecular vehicles for gene delivery

PGHN–DNA can be a good model to study DNA–carrier interaction as well as a new carrier for gene delivery research.

Graphical abstract: Transformable protein–gold hybrid materials serve as supramolecular vehicles for gene delivery
Open Access Paper

Viscoelastic properties of supramolecular gemini-like surfactant solutions in the absence of inorganic salts

A bola-type cation and a newly synthesized anionic surfactant together generate a supramolecular gemini-like structure via electrostatic interactions, which facilitates the formation of wormlike micelles.

Graphical abstract: Viscoelastic properties of supramolecular gemini-like surfactant solutions in the absence of inorganic salts
Open Access Paper

pH-Responsive nanofiltration membranes based on porphyrin supramolecular self-assembly by layer-by-layer technique

A novel pH-responsive nanofiltration membrane was fabricated by means of layer-by-layer technique based on porphyrin supramolecular self-assembly.

Graphical abstract: pH-Responsive nanofiltration membranes based on porphyrin supramolecular self-assembly by layer-by-layer technique
Open Access Paper

Dynamic self-assembled polymer: HCl responsive inversion of supramolecular polymer handedness

Discotic trisamide formed a self-assembled polymer and exhibits inversion of supramolecular polymer handedness in the presence of HCl.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic self-assembled polymer: HCl responsive inversion of supramolecular polymer handedness
Open Access Paper

Cage to cage study of ionic liquid and cyclic oligosaccharides to form inclusion complexes

Encapsulation of trihexyltetradecylphosphonium chloride inside α and β-cyclodextrins in both aqueous solution and solid state with 1 : 1 stoichiometry.

Graphical abstract: Cage to cage study of ionic liquid and cyclic oligosaccharides to form inclusion complexes
Open Access Paper

Supramolecular control of liquid crystals by doping with halogen-bonding dyes

Halogen bonding between photoactive guest dopants and liquid-crystal host enhances the optical performance of doped liquid crystals.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular control of liquid crystals by doping with halogen-bonding dyes
Open Access Paper

E/Z isomerization effects on aggregation-enhanced emission of tetraphenylethene derivatives assisted by host–guest recognition

Pure E and Z stereoisomers of tetraphenylethene derivatives functionalized with dibenzylamine groups were isolated. Both supramolecular polymerization and photophysical changes were more significant in the case of the former than in the latter.

Graphical abstract: E/Z isomerization effects on aggregation-enhanced emission of tetraphenylethene derivatives assisted by host–guest recognition
Open Access Paper

An efficient iodide ion chemosensor and a rewritable dual-channel security display material based on an ion responsive supramolecular gel

The ion stimuli-responsive metallogel PbG could act as a highly selective and sensitive I sensor and a rewritable dual-channel security display material.

Graphical abstract: An efficient iodide ion chemosensor and a rewritable dual-channel security display material based on an ion responsive supramolecular gel
Open Access Paper

A supramolecular self-assembly host–guest system from cyclodextrin as an absolute water-soluble fluorescence sensor for aluminium ions: synthesis, characterization and sensing activity

In the study, an organic molecule derived from paeonol and anthraniloyl hydrazine (L) was synthesized via a Schiff-base reaction.

Graphical abstract: A supramolecular self-assembly host–guest system from cyclodextrin as an absolute water-soluble fluorescence sensor for aluminium ions: synthesis, characterization and sensing activity
Open Access Paper

Effect of metal–metal distance in Ni(II)-based metallo-supramolecular polymers: DNA binding and cytotoxicity

Two metallo-supramolecular polymers (polyNiL1 and polyNiL2) with different metal–metal distances were synthesized via (1 : 1) complexation of the Ni salts with bis(1,10-phenanthroline)s and their DNA binding properties and cytotoxicity were revealed.

Graphical abstract: Effect of metal–metal distance in Ni(ii)-based metallo-supramolecular polymers: DNA binding and cytotoxicity
Open Access Paper

Solvent-induced construction of two zinc supramolecular isomers: synthesis, framework flexibility, sensing properties, and adsorption of dye molecules

Solvent-induced construction of two zinc supramolecular isomerism, sensing properties and adsorption of dye molecules.

Graphical abstract: Solvent-induced construction of two zinc supramolecular isomers: synthesis, framework flexibility, sensing properties, and adsorption of dye molecules
Open Access Paper

Highly efficient FRET from aggregation-induced emission to BODIPY emission based on host–guest interaction for mimicking the light-harvesting system

A novel highly efficient FRET system from aggregation-induced emission to BODIPY emission based on the host–guest interaction for mimicking a light harvesting system was disclosed with a FRET efficiency up to 93%

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient FRET from aggregation-induced emission to BODIPY emission based on host–guest interaction for mimicking the light-harvesting system
Open Access Paper

Neutral linear supramolecular polymers constructed by three different interactions

Neutral linear supramolecular polymers were constructed by the combination of quadruple hydrogen bonding, pillar[5]arene-based molecular recognition and π–π donor–acceptor interactions.

Graphical abstract: Neutral linear supramolecular polymers constructed by three different interactions
Open Access Paper

Supramolecular interactions via hydrogen bonding contributing to citric-acid derived carbon dots with high quantum yield and sensitive photoluminescence

Fluorophores coupled with supramolecules lead to “dot” topologies in citric-acid derived carbon dots under the effect of hydrogen bonding.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular interactions via hydrogen bonding contributing to citric-acid derived carbon dots with high quantum yield and sensitive photoluminescence
Open Access Paper

Emission enhancement of GFP chromophore in aggregated state via combination of self-restricted effect and supramolecular host–guest complexation

The emission response of GFP chromophore in aggregated state is greatly enhanced more than 100-fold due to the inhibition of conformational motion and the reduction of strong π–π interaction.

Graphical abstract: Emission enhancement of GFP chromophore in aggregated state via combination of self-restricted effect and supramolecular host–guest complexation
Open Access Paper

pH-Controlled recognition of amino acids by urea derivatives of β-cyclodextrin

Water soluble amphiphilic urea-substituted β-cyclodextrins were synthesized and applied as amino acid receptors.

Graphical abstract: pH-Controlled recognition of amino acids by urea derivatives of β-cyclodextrin
Open Access Paper

One-step preparation of conjugated homopolymer sub-microspheres via a controllable supramolecular approach toward optoelectronic applications

Supramolecular PPFOH-based conjugated polymer sub-microspheres (CPSMs) are constructed via “one step” solvent evaporation induced interface self-assembly (SEIS), which pave a way to construct colloidal crystal and light-emitting diodes.

Graphical abstract: One-step preparation of conjugated homopolymer sub-microspheres via a controllable supramolecular approach toward optoelectronic applications
Open Access Paper

Synthesis and characterization of metallo-supramolecular polymers from thiophene-based unimers bearing pybox ligands

A series of novel metallo-supramolecular polymers was prepared, based on 2,6-bis(2-oxazolinyl)pyridine chelating groups bridged with thiophene, bithiophene and thienothiophene as a linker, beginning from commercially available (chelidamic) acid.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and characterization of metallo-supramolecular polymers from thiophene-based unimers bearing pybox ligands
Open Access Paper

Inclusion complexes of norepinephrine with β-cyclodextrin, 18-crown-6 and cucurbit[7]uril: experimental and molecular dynamics study

Binary and ternary complexes of norepinephrine with 18C6, βCD and CB7 have been characterized using various experimental and theoretical techniques.

Graphical abstract: Inclusion complexes of norepinephrine with β-cyclodextrin, 18-crown-6 and cucurbit[7]uril: experimental and molecular dynamics study
Open Access Paper

Synthesis and investigation of a self-assembled hydrogel based on hydroxyethyl cellulose and its in vitro ibuprofen drug release characteristics

IBU is solubilized and encapsulated by β-CDP. Then C12 side-chain grafting onto HEC forms inclusion complexes with the cavities of β-CDP in β-CDP/IBU through host–guest interactions to form a new self-assembled hydrogel gel-(β)CDP-HEC/IBU.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and investigation of a self-assembled hydrogel based on hydroxyethyl cellulose and its in vitro ibuprofen drug release characteristics
Open Access Paper

Conversion of supramolecular organic framework to uranyl-organic coordination complex: a new “matrix-free” strategy for highly efficient capture of uranium

Conversion of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular organic frameworks (HSOF) to a uranyl-organic coordination complex (UOCC) by uranyl-induced disassembly and reassembly: innovative “matrix-free” strategy for highly efficient uranium capture.

Graphical abstract: Conversion of supramolecular organic framework to uranyl-organic coordination complex: a new “matrix-free” strategy for highly efficient capture of uranium
Open Access Paper

Fluorescein hydrazone-based supramolecular architectures, molecular recognition, sequential logic operation and cell imaging

A fluorescein hydrazone (FDNS) displays molecular recognition of multiple ions with its supramolecular architectures. Real sample analysis, cell imaging, paper strip detection and sequential logic operation endows FDNS of great economic significance.

Graphical abstract: Fluorescein hydrazone-based supramolecular architectures, molecular recognition, sequential logic operation and cell imaging
Open Access Paper

Hindrance of photodimerization of coumarin derivative induced by pillar[5]arene-based molecular recognition in water

An easy and simple method for the impediment of the photodimerization of coumarin derivative induced by pillar[5]arene-based molecular recognition was provided. Moreover, we successfully use this system in supra-amphiphile self-assembly in water.

Graphical abstract: Hindrance of photodimerization of coumarin derivative induced by pillar[5]arene-based molecular recognition in water
Open Access Paper

A novel H2O2 responsive supramolecular hydrogel for controllable drug release

We reported a peptide-based supramolecular hydrogel possessing a gel–sol phase transition triggered by H2O2.

Graphical abstract: A novel H2O2 responsive supramolecular hydrogel for controllable drug release
Open Access Paper

On the stability of lithocholate derivative supramolecular tubules

Solubility and calorimetry data provide the description of a phase map for metastable supramolecular nanotubes of biological origin.

Graphical abstract: On the stability of lithocholate derivative supramolecular tubules
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About this collection

Welcome to this themed collection on ‘Supramolecular Chemistry’, guest edited by Professor Xiao-Yu Hu (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and Associate Editor Professor Leyong Wang (Nanjing University). This themed collection focuses on supramolecular self-assembly and its applications. It includes 40 recently published original research papers and 2 reviews covering many research areas related to supramolecular assemblies and their potential applications or functional behaviors, ranging from host-guest systems, supramolecular polymers and gels, to functional supramolecular materials. The purpose of this collection is to provide an overview of the versatile research field of supramolecular chemistry, as well as a platform for researchers to promote its rapid development and realise the bright future of supramolecular systems.

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