Chapter 12. Biological Mimics and Supramolecular Catalysis

  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.ch12

Supramolecular Chemistry, Second Edition

Supramolecular Chemistry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Steed, J. W. and Atwood, J. L. (2009) Biological Mimics and Supramolecular Catalysis, in Supramolecular Chemistry, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470740880.ch12

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



  • biological mimics and supramolecular catalysis;
  • corands as atpase mimics;
  • cyclodextrins as enzyme mimics;
  • biological, interfacial and chemical system catalysis;
  • cation-binding hosts as transacylase mimics;
  • metallobiosites or metal-containing sites in biological models;
  • ion channel mimics;
  • supramolecular catalysis;
  • dynamic combinatorial chemistry


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Cyclodextrins as Enzyme Mimics

  • Corands as ATPase Mimics

  • Cation-Binding Hosts as Transacylase Mimics

  • Metallobiosites

  • Haem Analogues

  • Vitamin B12 Models

  • Ion Channel Mimics

  • Supramolecular Catalysis

  • Summary

  • Study Problems

  • Thought Experiment

  • References