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Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Wires


  1. Jean Weiss1,
  2. Matthieu Koepf2,
  3. Jennifer A. Wytko1

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc080

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

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Weiss, J., Koepf, M. and Wytko, J. A. 2012. Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Wires. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

  2. 2

    Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012


This review focuses on the strategies available for the construction of persistent linear species from monomers. The scope is mostly restricted to wires, but also includes some selected examples illustrating the fast developing area of fibers and tubular structures, given that their linearity is governed by supramolecular interactions. Strategies are primarily limited to those that are based on noncovalent assembly obtained by iterative interactions that range from coordination bonds to π-interactions and hydrogen bonding. Each approach is illustrated by a selection of either pioneering or recent examples. The use of supramolecular templates to assemble molecules into linear wires, whose structures are sometimes covalently locked, is also briefly presented.


  • self-assembly;
  • hydrogen bonding;
  • π-interactions;
  • molecular wires;
  • molecular fibers