Specialty Grand Challenges in Supramolecular Chemistry

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What do we mean when we talk about Supramolecular Chemistry? The easiest way to describe supramolecular chemistry is to consider the concept of “chemistry beyond the molecule”—We can think of supramolecular chemistry as more than the sum of the parts. In other words the way molecules interact and come together generates new and exciting properties that surpass those of the molecule. The very core of Supramolecular Chemistry, is therefore built using intermolecular bonds. These intermolecular bonds and/or forces help generate assemblies or discreet complexes Such intramolecular forces are the driving force for mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) and a new paradigm in supramolecular interactions the mechanical bond (Stoddart, 2009).
Original languageEnglish
Article number83
JournalFrontiers in Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2017

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Funding Information:
TJ wish to thank the University of Bath for support and the Royal Society for a Wolfson Research Merit Award.


  • chemosensors
  • dynamic combinatorial chemistry
  • molecular machines and motors
  • specialty grand challenge
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • supramolecular polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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