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Supramolecular Interactions


  1. Dushyant B. Varshey,
  2. John R. G. Sander,
  3. Tomislav Friščić,
  4. Leonard R. MacGillivray

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc003

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

How to Cite

Varshey, D. B., Sander, J. R. G., Friščić, T. and MacGillivray, L. R. 2012. Supramolecular Interactions. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

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  1. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012


This chapter provides an overview of noncovalent interactions in the field of supramolecular chemistry. The use of noncovalent forces to form supramolecular structures is documented. Supramolecular interactions can be both directional and nondirectional and can enable chemists to develop discrete assemblies and networks of molecules and/or ions with prescribed properties and functions. Concepts of host-guest chemistry, molecular recognition, and self-assembly emerge from an understanding of how supramolecular interactions control assembly processes. Examples that highlight the utility of employing supramolecular interactions to form functional structures and materials are given.


  • supramolecular chemistry;
  • noncovalent bonds;
  • ionic interactions;
  • van der Waals forces;
  • metal-metal interactions;
  • dipole interactions;
  • coordination bonds;
  • hydrogen bonds;
  • halogen bonds;
  • π-interactions