Supramolecular Structural Chemistry

Wai-Kee Li, Gong-Du Zhou and Thomas Chung Wai Mak

in Advanced Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216949
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711992 | DOI:

Series: International Union of Crystallography Texts on Crystallography

 Supramolecular Structural Chemistry

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This chapter on supramolecular chemistry is the longest one in the book. According to J.-M. Lehn, who shared the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with D. J. Cram and C. J. Pedersen, supramolecular chemistry is the study of organized entities of higher complexity (supermolecule) resulting from the association of two or more chemical species consolidated by intermolecular forces. Fundamental concepts such as the nature of intermolecular interactions, molecular recognition, self-assembly, crystal engineering, and supramolecular synthon are systematically introduced. Several examples are presented to shed light on this fascinating and ever-evolving research area.

Keywords: argentophilic interaction; Borromean link; carbon nanotube; coordination polymer; crystal engineering; diamondoid network; graph-set descriptor; metal-organic framework; molecular recognition; rosette

Chapter.  22000 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Crystallography

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