Special Issue "Template Directed Synthesis and Self-Assembly in Organic Systems"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Lluïsa Pérez-García
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IN2UB), Universitat de Barcelona, Avda Joan XXIII s/n, 08028-Barcelona, Spain
Website: http://www.ub.edu/farmaco/en/quimica/recerca/sistemes_supramoleculars_en_nanomedicina/5/
E-Mail: mlperez@ub.edu
Interests: supramolecular chemistry; template synthesis and self-assembly in organic systems; bio-functionalization of micronanotools for tagging and actuation in living cells; anion recognition; gold nanoparticles and hydrogels for drug delivery; molecular machines and switches; porphyrins for photodynamic therapy; pharmaceuticals based on ionic liquids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Supramolecular Chemistry has shed new light on the classical concept of organic synthesis. By controlling the non-covalent intermolecular bond - in a manner similar to biological systems’ - it is possible to obtain systems that are not easily accessible through conventional synthetic methods.

The primary supramolecular process in self-assembly is molecular recognition, while the synthetic driving force primarily derives from kinetic effects, which mainly rely on synthetic strategies based on template-directed methodologies. Thus, molecular recognition is based on the fact that some compounds contain the necessary information in their structure to promote the formation of certain assemblies.

What is now termed “non-covalent synthesis” has revolutionized traditional synthetic strategies, and supramolecular synthesis has allowed for the preparation of a variety of molecular receptors that are capable of selective recognition. Spontaneous self-assembly, which occurs as a result of the complementarity of superstructure components, has enabled the preparation of molecules, macromolecules, and supramolecules of nanoscale dimensions, as well as of mechanically interlocked architectures.

The objective of this special issue of Molecules is to highlight both the latest advances in template-directed synthesis and the recent applications of self-assembly in organic systems.

Dr. Lluïsa Pérez-García
Guest Editor


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  • supramolecular chemistry
  • non-covalent interactions
  • template-directed synthesis
  • organic chemistry
  • molecular recognition
  • self-assembly
  • self-organization
  • catenanes and rotaxanes

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Last update: 2 October 2013

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