Special Issue "Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Coordination Compounds"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Coordination Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Haralampos N. Miras

School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK
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Interests: self-assembly; polyoxometalates; chalcogenides; supramolecular clusters; functional molecular materials; heterogeneous catalysis; energy storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advances in the self-assembly of supramolecular coordination compounds, which have taken place at a very fast pace over the last few decades, have revived the field of porous functional materials, previously dominated by zeolites. The main source of inspiration for numerous research groups originated from the incorporation of the element of design along with a plethora of available chemical constituents, which can self-organize into complex structures with a wide range of sizes, topologies, and functionalities.

More specifically, the diverse nature of supramolecular coordination compounds makes them very attractive candidates for numerous applications, ranging from catalysis and medicine to molecular electronics, magnetism, environmental remediation and energy storage. Their wide range of physical and chemical properties, such as confined nano-spaces, charge density, porosity, large surface areas, redox activity, stability and structural flexibility, are all properties of vital importance for a material’s function, which can be synthetically controlled and modified accordingly.

Recent advances in the field have revealed numerous possibilities and future potentials for this large family of compounds. For example, the utilization of supramolecular coordination cages to carry out reactions or stabilize and trap intermediates in confined nano-spaces has led to new mechanistic insights or new ways to control well-known reactions; in a similar manner, the development of metal organic frameworks and their accessible porous structures have led to the identification of new ways of storing small molecules and the possibility of drug delivery applications. The list of research topics and applications, driven by the development of this chemistry, are endless.  

In this Special Issue, we have endeavored to cover representative examples of the latest research and trends in the wide field of supramolecular coordination chemistry. In doing so, we placed specific emphasis on emerging research areas, novel synthetic and design approaches, material development and technological methodologies that are leading to new research directions and applications, as well as to the emergence of new phenomena and functionalities.

Dr. Haralampos N. Miras
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • supramolecular coordination cages
  • metal organic frameworks (MOFs)
  • covalent organic frameworks (COFs)
  • polyoxometalate frameworks
  • catalysis
  • gas storage
  • energy storage
  • electronic devices
  • drug delivery

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Open AccessReview Self-Assembly in Polyoxometalate and Metal Coordination-Based Systems: Synthetic Approaches and Developments
Received: 8 June 2018 / Revised: 6 July 2018 / Accepted: 9 July 2018 / Published: 13 July 2018
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Utilizing new experimental approaches and gradual understanding of the underlying chemical processes has led to advances in the self-assembly of inorganic and metal–organic compounds at a very fast pace over the last decades. Exploitation of unveiled information originating from initial experimental observations has
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Utilizing new experimental approaches and gradual understanding of the underlying chemical processes has led to advances in the self-assembly of inorganic and metal–organic compounds at a very fast pace over the last decades. Exploitation of unveiled information originating from initial experimental observations has sparked the development of new families of compounds with unique structural characteristics and functionalities. The main source of inspiration for numerous research groups originated from the implementation of the design element along with the discovery of new chemical components which can self-assemble into complex structures with wide range of sizes, topologies and functionalities. Not only do self-assembled inorganic and metal–organic chemical systems belong to families of compounds with configurable structures, but also have a vast array of physical properties which reflect the chemical information stored in the various “modular” molecular subunits. The purpose of this short review article is not the exhaustive discussion of the broad field of inorganic and metal–organic chemical systems, but the discussion of some representative examples from each category which demonstrate the implementation of new synthetic approaches and design principles. Full article
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