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Supramolecular Assembly Lehn
An example of a supramolecular assembly.
Cucurbituril gyroscope AngewChemIntEd 2002 v41 p275 hires
Supramolecular complex of a chloride ion, cucurbit[5]uril, and cucurbit[10]uril.
Rotaxane Crystal Structure EurJOrgChem page2565 year1998
An example of a mechanically-interlocked molecular architecture in this case a rotaxane.
Host Guest Complex Porphyrin Sanders AngewChemIntEdEngl 1995 1096
An example of a host-guest chemistry.
Cucurbit-6-uril ActaCrystallB-Stru 1984 382
host-guest complex with a p-xylylenediammonium bound within a cucurbituril.
Lehn Beautiful Foldamer HelvChimActa 1598 2003
Intramolecular self-assembly of a foldamer.

Supramolecular chemistry is area of chemistry that studies the relationship and linking molecules into bigger systems. It focuses on the chemical systems made up of a discrete number of assembled molecular subunits or components. The study of non-covalent interactions is crucial to understanding many biological processes from cell structure to vision that rely on these forces for structure and function. Biological systems are often the inspiration for supramolecular research.

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