Metal complexes in supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly

Nicholas Pearce, Neil R. Champness*

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The use of self-assembly strategies allows the synthesis of complex metallosupramolecular structures. The field is highly diverse but underlying principles can be applied to the design of synthetic strategies. In this chapter we illustrate that through use of coordination chemistry it is possible to synthesize different types of large assembly, including coordination cages and porphyrin assemblies, which exhibit interesting host-guest properties. We also illustrate the use of coordination chemistry to enable the synthesis of knotted structures, amongst the most intricate of known molecular structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Coordination Chemistry III
EditorsEdwin C. Constable, Gerard Parkin, Lawrence Que Jr
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026892
ISBN (Print)9780081026885
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2021


  • Coordination cages
  • Host-guest chemistry
  • Interlocked structures
  • Knots
  • Metallosupramolecular
  • Photochemistry
  • Porphyrins
  • Post-assembly modification
  • Self-assembly
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Template

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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