Themed collection Editors’ collection: Supramolecular Chemistry
Bioinspired temporal supramolecular polymerization
Nature's fuel-driven approach as a generic concept for structural and temporal regulation over biomimetic synthetic supramolecular polymerization.
Promising advances of thiacalixarene in crystal structures
Thiacalixarenes are one kind of robust scaffolds and extensively applied in supramolecular chemistry and materials science owing to their novel features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Supramolecular hydrogels encapsulating bioengineered mesenchymal stem cells for ischemic therapy
We developed supramolecular hydrogels encapsulating bioengineered mesenchymal stem cells for ischemia therapy.
pH-responsive molecular assemblies of pyridylbutadiene derivative with cucurbituril
pH-responsive emission behavior of supramolecular complexes between pyridylbutadiene with CB7 and formation of molecular assemblies is described.
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.
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.
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.
Targeting protein-loaded CB-mediated supramolecular nanocarriers to cells
Supramolecular amphiphilic complexes of cucurbituril (CB), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%
Neutral linear supramolecular polymers constructed by three different interactions
Neutral linear supramolecular polymers were constructed by the combination of quadruple hydrogen bonding, pillararene-based molecular recognition and π–π donor–acceptor interactions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inclusion complexes of norepinephrine with β-cyclodextrin, 18-crown-6 and cucurbituril: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hindrance of photodimerization of coumarin derivative induced by pillararene-based molecular recognition in water
An easy and simple method for the impediment of the photodimerization of coumarin derivative induced by pillararene-based molecular recognition was provided. Moreover, we successfully use this system in supra-amphiphile self-assembly in water.
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.
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.
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.