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Hydrogen-Bonding Receptors for Molecular Guests

Molecular Recognition

  1. Andrew J. Wilson

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc071

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

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Wilson, A. J. 2012. Hydrogen-Bonding Receptors for Molecular Guests. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

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  1. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

Abstract

Hydrogen bonding is considered by many to be the “masterkey” of molecular recognition — owing to its strength and directionality — playing a key role in the assembly of biological supramolecular ensembles and architectures. Consequently, its study and exploitation within the context of host–guest chemistry has been a cornerstone of modern supramolecular chemistry, resulting in implementation within numerous applied settings such as catalysis and materials assembly. This chapter outlines the core concepts used to elaborate receptors that employ hydrogen bonding through modern efforts to recognize challenging targets in competitive media alongside a brief introduction covering the areas where such receptors are exploited.

Keywords:

  • hydrogen bonding;
  • receptors;
  • molecular recognition;
  • self-assembly;
  • host–guest chemistry