Functional behaviour from controlled self-assembly: Challenges and prospects

Michael D. Ward, P R Raithby

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Many naturally occurring systems show us how multi-component supramolecular assemblies can generate useful functional behaviour. In this article the problems and limitations associated with achieving such behaviour in artificial multi-component assemblies is discussed, together with two examples of functions in artificial supramolecular assemblies based on (i) host–guest chemistry in cavities of cages, and (ii) light-harvesting in multi-chromophore arrays. Important challenges for the future are summarised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1619-1636
Number of pages18
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number4
Early online date1 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2013


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