Chapter 10. Self-Assembly

  1. Jonathan W. Steed B.Sc., Ph.D. Professor Lecturer Associate Editor Recipient1 and
  2. Jerry L. Atwood B.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor Associate Professor Professor2

Published Online: 26 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470740880.ch10

Supramolecular Chemistry, Second Edition

Supramolecular Chemistry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Steed, J. W. and Atwood, J. L. (2009) Self-Assembly, in Supramolecular Chemistry, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470740880.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, Durham University, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 9 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512333

Online ISBN: 9780470740880



  • proteins and foldamers - single molecule self-assembly;
  • biochemical self-assembly;
  • synthetic system self-assembly;
  • double mutant cycles - weak interaction quantification;
  • capsular and polymeric self-assembling structures;
  • helicates and helical assemblies;
  • rotaxane synthesis via clipping approach;
  • self-assembling coordination compounds


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Proteins and Foldamers: Single Molecule Self-Assembly

  • Biochemical Self-Assembly

  • Self-Assembly in Synthetic Systems: Kinetic and Thermodynamic Considerations

  • Self-Assembling Coordination Compounds

  • Self-Assembly of Closed Complexes by Hydrogen Bonding

  • Catenanes and Rotaxanes

  • Helicates and Helical Assemblies

  • Molecular Knots

  • Summary

  • Study Problems

  • Thought Experiment

  • References