Chapter 6. Chemistry in Self-Assembled Nanoreactors

  1. Udo H. Brinker and
  2. Jean-Luc Mieusset
  1. Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt,
  2. Tehila S. Koblenz,
  3. Jeroen Wassenaar and
  4. Joost N. H. Reek

Published Online: 13 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470664872.ch6

Molecular Encapsulation: Organic Reactions in Constrained Systems

Molecular Encapsulation: Organic Reactions in Constrained Systems

How to Cite

van der Vlugt, J. I., Koblenz, T. S., Wassenaar, J. and Reek, J. N. H. (2010) Chemistry in Self-Assembled Nanoreactors, in Molecular Encapsulation: Organic Reactions in Constrained Systems (eds U. H. Brinker and J.-L. Mieusset), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470664872.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Wien, A–1090 Wien, Austria

Author Information

  1. Supramolecular and Homogeneous Catalysis, Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, 1018 WV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 25 JUN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470998076

Online ISBN: 9780470664872



  • self-assembled nanoreactor chemistry;
  • self-assembled nanocapsules;
  • encapsulation effects in catalysis;
  • new reactivities and selectivities;
  • encapsulation effects - and rate equation;
  • hydrogen bonded capsules - stoichiometric 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition;
  • octahedral and square pyramidal cages - and square-planar M2+ ions;
  • ligand template approach - and Lewis acid/base interactions, hydroformylation;
  • virus capsids, proteins and micellar systems;
  • micellar systems


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Self-Assembled Nanocapsules

  • Encapsulation Effects in Catalysis

  • Hydrogen Bonded Capsules

  • Capsules Based on Metal–Ligand Interactions

  • Tetrahedral Cages Based on Octahedral M3+ Ions

  • Octahedral and Square Pyramidal Cages Based on Square-Planar M2+ Ions

  • Hydrophobic Effects as the Driving Force for the Self-Assembly of Nanocapsules

  • Ligand Template Approach Using Lewis Acid/Base Interactions

  • Virus Capsids, Proteins and Micellar Systems

  • Micellar Systems

  • Conclusions and Outlook

  • Acknowledgements

  • References