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Advanced Structural Inorganic Chemistry$
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Wai-Kee Li, Gong-Du Zhou, and Thomas Mak

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216949

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216949.001.0001

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Supramolecular Structural Chemistry

Supramolecular Structural Chemistry

(p.733) 20 Supramolecular Structural Chemistry
Advanced Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Wai-Kee Li

Gong-Du Zhou

Thomas Chung Wai Mak

Oxford University Press

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

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