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Themed collection Most popular 2019-2020 supramolecular chemistry articles

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Tuning the stability of organic radicals: from covalent approaches to non-covalent approaches

Covalent and non-covalent approaches to tune the stability of organic radicals through steric effects and the delocalization of spin density.

Graphical abstract: Tuning the stability of organic radicals: from covalent approaches to non-covalent approaches
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Shapeshifting molecules: the story so far and the shape of things to come

This review describes the synthesis and application of shapeshifting molecules, whose covalent skeletons dynamically reconfigure in response to their surroundings.

Graphical abstract: Shapeshifting molecules: the story so far and the shape of things to come
From the themed collection: The Mechanics of Supramolecular Chemistry
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Polyoxometalates as components of supramolecular assemblies

The non-covalent interactions between polyoxometalates and inorganic- and organic-based moieties give rise to functional nanoassemblies with diverse potential in applied science.

Graphical abstract: Polyoxometalates as components of supramolecular assemblies
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Platinum(II) non-covalent crosslinkers for supramolecular DNA hydrogels

We report a serendipitous finding of platinum(II) complexes serving as non-covalent crosslinkers for the fabrication of supramolecular DNA hydrogels.

Graphical abstract: Platinum(ii) non-covalent crosslinkers for supramolecular DNA hydrogels
From the themed collection: Celebrating 10 years of Chemical Science
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Apoptosis-inducing activity of a fluorescent barrel-rosette M+/Cl channel

We report a 2-hydroxy-N1,N3-diarylisophthalamide-based self-assembled channel that cotransports M+/Cl and induces apoptotic cell death.

Graphical abstract: Apoptosis-inducing activity of a fluorescent barrel-rosette M+/Cl− channel
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s-Block metal ions induce structural transformations between figure-eight and double trefoil knots

The presence or absence of s-block metal ions induces reversible structural transformation of molecular knots.

Graphical abstract: s-Block metal ions induce structural transformations between figure-eight and double trefoil knots
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Switchable electrical conductivity in a three-dimensional metal–organic framework via reversible ligand n-doping

Redox-active ligands are used to reversibly tune electrical conductivity in a porous 3D metal–organic framework (MOF).

Graphical abstract: Switchable electrical conductivity in a three-dimensional metal–organic framework via reversible ligand n-doping
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Conformational control of Pd2L4 assemblies with unsymmetrical ligands

Steric and geometric constraints were used to design unsymmetrical ditopic ligands that form single Pd2L4 cage isomers with high fidelity.

Graphical abstract: Conformational control of Pd2L4 assemblies with unsymmetrical ligands
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Bidirectional enantioselective synthesis of bis-benzofuran atropisomeric oligoarenes featuring two distal C–C stereogenic axes

We report the bidirectional enantioselective synthesis of bis-benzofuran atropisomeric oligoarenes featuring two distal C–C stereogenic axes. These are controlled by a two-fold central-to-axial chirality conversion upon oxidative aromatization.

Graphical abstract: Bidirectional enantioselective synthesis of bis-benzofuran atropisomeric oligoarenes featuring two distal C–C stereogenic axes
From the themed collection: In celebration of Chinese New Year
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Unique aqueous self-assembly behavior of a thermoresponsive diblock copolymer

A new amphiphilic diblock copolymer prepared via polymerization-induced self-assembly forms spheres, worms, vesicles or lamellae in aqueous solution on adjusting the temperature.

Graphical abstract: Unique aqueous self-assembly behavior of a thermoresponsive diblock copolymer
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Extraction and transport of sulfate using macrocyclic squaramide receptors

Lipophilic macrocycles efficiently extract sulfate ions from water into chloroform and transport this ion across a bulk liquid membrane in the presence of competing anions (chloride, nitrate and dihydrogenphosphate).

Graphical abstract: Extraction and transport of sulfate using macrocyclic squaramide receptors
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Anion carriers as potential treatments for cystic fibrosis: transport in cystic fibrosis cells, and additivity to channel-targeting drugs

Synthetic anion transporters are active in cystic fibrosis cells, and are additive to clinically-approved drugs, suggesting new combination therapies for this lethal genetic condition.

Graphical abstract: Anion carriers as potential treatments for cystic fibrosis: transport in cystic fibrosis cells, and additivity to channel-targeting drugs
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Rational design and implementation of a cucurbit[8]uril-based indicator-displacement assay for application in blood serum

In this study, we report the first supramolecular indicator displacement assay (IDA) based on cucurbit[n]uril (CBn) host and a [2.2]paracyclophane derivative as indicator that is operational in blood serum.

Graphical abstract: Rational design and implementation of a cucurbit[8]uril-based indicator-displacement assay for application in blood serum
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Unusual confinement properties of a water insoluble small peptide hydrogel

A water insoluble peptide-hydrogel that shows unique compartmentalization by not allowing any exchange to and from the hydrogel and can protect enzymes from denaturation.

Graphical abstract: Unusual confinement properties of a water insoluble small peptide hydrogel
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Oligoprolines guide the self-assembly of quaterthiophenes

Oligoprolines of differing lengths control the self-assembly of quaterthiophenes into mono-layered or double-layered sheets, or helically twisted ribbons.

Graphical abstract: Oligoprolines guide the self-assembly of quaterthiophenes
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Supramolecular chirality transformation driven by monodentate ligand binding to a coordinatively unsaturated self-assembly based on C3-symmetric ligands

A supramolecular chirality transition driven by monodentate ligand binding, the present strategy shows promise for the rational design of dynamic coordination chirality capable of alternating between chiral objects of different shapes driven by a specific external stimulus.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular chirality transformation driven by monodentate ligand binding to a coordinatively unsaturated self-assembly based on C3-symmetric ligands
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Halogenated building blocks for 2D crystal engineering on solid surfaces: lessons from hydrogen bonding

We test whether the similarities between halogen and hydrogen bonds could be used to design a surface-confined halogen-bond based network.

Graphical abstract: Halogenated building blocks for 2D crystal engineering on solid surfaces: lessons from hydrogen bonding
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Supramolecular cages as differential sensors for dicarboxylate anions: guest length sensing using principal component analysis of ESI-MS and 1H-NMR raw data

A differential sensor based on cages discriminate guests according to their length.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular cages as differential sensors for dicarboxylate anions: guest length sensing using principal component analysis of ESI-MS and 1H-NMR raw data
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Photo-responsive cyclodextrin/anthracene/Eu3+ supramolecular assembly for a tunable photochromic multicolor cell label and fluorescent ink

A photoresponsive supramolecular assembly was constructed and presented multi-color fluorescence emissions in several environments including solution, PVA and living cells.

Graphical abstract: Photo-responsive cyclodextrin/anthracene/Eu3+ supramolecular assembly for a tunable photochromic multicolor cell label and fluorescent ink
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Light emission enhancement by supramolecular complexation of chemiluminescence probes designed for bioimaging

Chemiluminescence offers advantages over fluorescence for bioimaging, since an external light source is unnecessary with chemiluminescent agents.

Graphical abstract: Light emission enhancement by supramolecular complexation of chemiluminescence probes designed for bioimaging
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Towards homochiral supramolecular entities from achiral molecules by vortex mixing-accompanied self-assembly

By using a vortex mixing-accompanied self-assembly strategy, homochiral entities with controlled handedness were obtained from exclusively achiral molecules.

Graphical abstract: Towards homochiral supramolecular entities from achiral molecules by vortex mixing-accompanied self-assembly
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice – Subi George
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Synergistic self-seeding in one-dimension: a route to patchy and block comicelles with uniform and controllable length

By manipulating both the dissolution sequence of polymer crystallites and the growth rate of polymer unimers, patchy comicelles and block comicelles with uniform and controllable length can be obtained.

Graphical abstract: Synergistic self-seeding in one-dimension: a route to patchy and block comicelles with uniform and controllable length
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice – Subi George
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Minimalistic supramolecular proteoglycan mimics by co-assembly of aromatic peptide and carbohydrate amphiphiles

A modular two-component supramolecular hydrogel composed of a peptide core and carbohydrate shell as a minimalistic mimic of proteoglycans.

Graphical abstract: Minimalistic supramolecular proteoglycan mimics by co-assembly of aromatic peptide and carbohydrate amphiphiles
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Efficient hydrogen bonding recognition in water using aryl-extended calix[4]pyrrole receptors

For a series of six-membered neutral polar guests, the cavity of 1oo provides a better hydrogen-bond donor environment than water.

Graphical abstract: Efficient hydrogen bonding recognition in water using aryl-extended calix[4]pyrrole receptors
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Fluorinated synthetic anion carriers: experimental and computational insights into transmembrane chloride transport

A series of fluorinated tripodal tris-thioureas function as highly active anion transporters across lipid bilayers and cell membranes.

Graphical abstract: Fluorinated synthetic anion carriers: experimental and computational insights into transmembrane chloride transport
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Waterproof architectures through subcomponent self-assembly

Construction of metal–organic containers that are soluble and stable in water can be challenging – we present diverse strategies that allow the synthesis of kinetically robust water-soluble architectures via subcomponent self-assembly.

Graphical abstract: Waterproof architectures through subcomponent self-assembly
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Dynamic polyimine macrobicyclic cryptands – self-sorting with component selection

Self-assembling macrobicyclic cryptand-type organic cages display remarkable self-sorting behavior with efficient component selection.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic polyimine macrobicyclic cryptands – self-sorting with component selection
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Chemical and photochemical DNA “gears” reversibly control stiffness, shape-memory, self-healing and controlled release properties of polyacrylamide hydrogels

Stimuli-responsive polyacrylamide hydrogels crosslinked by glucosamine–boronate/G-quadruplexes or azobenzene-functionalized DNA reveal controlled stiffness using chemical or photochemical triggers.

Graphical abstract: Chemical and photochemical DNA “gears” reversibly control stiffness, shape-memory, self-healing and controlled release properties of polyacrylamide hydrogels
From the themed collection: In celebration of Chinese New Year
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Nanobowls with controlled openings and interior holes driven by the synergy of hydrogen bonding and π–π interaction

Nanobowls with controlled openings and interior holes are created by self-assembly of homopolymers with hydrogen bonding and π–π interaction.

Graphical abstract: Nanobowls with controlled openings and interior holes driven by the synergy of hydrogen bonding and π–π interaction
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Influence of metal coordination and light irradiation on hierarchical self-assembly processes

We unravel the impact of metal coordination and light irradiation on hierarchical self-assembly processes by combined theoretical and experimental results.

Graphical abstract: Influence of metal coordination and light irradiation on hierarchical self-assembly processes
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This specially curated collection pulls together some of the most popular articles from 2019 and 2020 in the field of supramolecular chemistry. The collection presents some outstanding contributions to the field, ranging from waterproof architectures to macrocyclic squaramide acceptors, and as with all Chemical Science articles – they are all completely free to access and read. We hope you enjoy browsing through this collection.

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Most popular 2019-2020 inorganic, main group and crystal engineering chemistry articles
Most popular 2019-2020 materials and energy chemistry articles
Most popular 2019-2020 physical and theoretical chemistry articles
Most popular 2019-2020 organic chemistry articles
Most popular 2019-2020 catalysis articles
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Most popular 2019-2020 chemical biology articles
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