Special Issue "Molecular Self-Assembly 2011"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2011)
Prof. Dr. Jurriaan Huskens (Website)
Molecular Nanofabrication Group, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, TNW/MNF, PO Box 217, 7500AE Enschede, The Netherlands
Fax: +31 53 4894645
Interests: host-guest chemistry; cyclodextrins; multivalency; supramolecular surface chemistry; supramolecular materials; nanolithography; soft lithography
Self-assembly provides a unique paradigm to obtain complex and functional molecular architectures in a spontaneous process from small building blocks. These building blocks are designed and preprogrammed with information which ensures the proper thermodynamic and structural properties of the resulting assembly. Essential features are therefore the tuning of inter- (and sometimes intra-) molecular interactions, the collective behavior of multiple interactions (multivalency, cooperativity), reversibility (potentially triggered by external stimuli) which allows error correction, and the expression of a function of the final assembly.
Self-assembly at surfaces can be particularly rewarding since the inherent immobilization and positioning allow characterization by surface analytical, amongst others single molecule, techniques and potential embedding in a device structure. Surfaces and interfaces play an ever larger role in supramolecular chemistry as this establishes the eminent position of supramolecular chemistry as a key enabler in nanotechnology.
The 2011 issue on molecular self-assembly invites the submission of papers on molecular self-assembly in the widest possible sense, ranging from solution systems to the assembly on surfaces and the application-oriented use of assembly in nanotechnology.
Prof. Dr. Jurriaan Huskens
- supramolecular chemistry
- interfacial assembly