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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Rational design and implementation of a cucurbituril-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Efficient hydrogen bonding recognition in water using aryl-extended calixpyrrole receptors
For a series of six-membered neutral polar guests, the cavity of 1oo provides a better hydrogen-bond donor environment than water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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