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Chiral Nanotubes

by 1,†, 1,2,† and 1,2,*
Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia, Viale Taramelli, 12-27100 Pavia, Italy
INSTM Research Unit, University of Pavia, Viale Taramelli, 12-27100 Pavia, Italy
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Ashraf Ghanem and Yizhak Mastai
Nanomaterials 2017, 7(7), 167;
Received: 7 June 2017 / Revised: 22 June 2017 / Accepted: 28 June 2017 / Published: 4 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Frontiers in Chiral Nanomaterials)
Organic nanotubes, as assembled nanospaces, in which to carry out host–guest chemistry, reversible binding of smaller species for transport, sensing, storage or chemical transformation purposes, are currently attracting substantial interest, both as biological ion channel mimics, or for addressing tailored material properties. Nature’s materials and machinery are universally asymmetric, and, for chemical entities, controlled asymmetry comes from chirality. Together with carbon nanotubes, conformationally stable molecular building blocks and macrocycles have been used for the realization of organic nanotubes, by means of their assembly in the third dimension. In both cases, chiral properties have started to be fully exploited to date. In this paper, we review recent exciting developments in the synthesis and assembly of chiral nanotubes, and of their functional properties. This review will include examples of either molecule-based or macrocycle-based systems, and will try and rationalize the supramolecular interactions at play for the three-dimensional (3D) assembly of the nanoscale architectures. View Full-Text
Keywords: chirality; nanotubes; three-dimensional (3D) assembly; supramolecular polymers; anisotropic materials chirality; nanotubes; three-dimensional (3D) assembly; supramolecular polymers; anisotropic materials
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Nitti, A.; Pacini, A.; Pasini, D. Chiral Nanotubes. Nanomaterials 2017, 7, 167.

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Nitti A, Pacini A, Pasini D. Chiral Nanotubes. Nanomaterials. 2017; 7(7):167.

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Nitti, Andrea; Pacini, Aurora; Pasini, Dario. 2017. "Chiral Nanotubes" Nanomaterials 7, no. 7: 167.

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