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Keywords:

  • supramolecular assembly;
  • self-assembly;
  • macroscopic supramolecular assembly;
  • flexible spacing coating;
  • multivalency
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Macroscopic supramolecular assembly is a promising method for manufacturing macroscopic, ordered structures for tissue-engineering scaffolds. A flexible spacing coating is shown to overcome undesired surface and size effects and to enable assembly of macroscopic cubes with host/guest groups. The assembled pairs disassembled upon introduction of competitive guest molecules, thereby demonstrating a multivalent assembly mechanism.