Molecular Recognition of Organized Assemblies via hydrogen bonding in aqueous media

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  • Dr. Constantinos M. Paleos,

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    1. Institute of Physical Chemistry, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, GR-15310 A. Paraskevi Attikis(Greece)
    • Institute of Physical Chemistry, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, GR-15310 A. Paraskevi Attikis(Greece)
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  • Dr. Dimitris Tsiourvas

    1. Institute of Physical Chemistry, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, GR-15310 A. Paraskevi Attikis(Greece)
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  • The authors are grateful to Prof. H. Ringsdorf, Prof. T. Kunitake, Prof. J. A. Zasadzinski, and Prof. J. S. Nowick for granting them permission to reproduce some of the drawings from their papers and for providing relevant literature included in this review.

Abstract

Molecular recognition of non-biological systems in aqueous media presents problems arising from the inherent difficulty of formation of host-guest systems. Examples are given for recognition occurring at the air-water interface—the most common type, where receptors from a monolayer at the interface (see Figure)—or in micelles or vesicles. The particular role of directional hydrogen-bonding interactions is emphasized.

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