Macrocycles: Construction, Chemistry and Nanotechnology by Frank Davis

By Frank Davis

Macrocyclic molecules comprise jewelry made of seven or extra atoms. they're attention-grabbing simply because they supply construction blocks for synthesizing exact or 3 dimensional buildings – an enormous target in nanotechnology. for instance, they are often used to strengthen nanosized response vessels, cages, switches and shuttles, and feature strength as elements in molecular desktops. in addition they have functions as catalysts and sensors.Macrocycles: development, Chemistry and Nanotechnology functions is an important creation this significant category of molecules and describes tips on how to synthesise them, their chemistry, how they are often used as nanotechnology development blocks, and their functions. a variety of buildings synthesised over the last few a long time are lined, from the better cyclophanes and multi-ring fragrant constructions to vases, bowls, cages and extra complicated multi-ring structures and 3D architectures comparable to “pumpkins”, interlocking chains and knots. issues lined include:principles of macrocycle synthesissimple ring compoundsmulti-ring fragrant structuresporphyrins and phthalocaninescyclophanescrown ethers, cryptands and spherandscalixarenes, resorcinarenes, cavitands, carcerands, and heterocalixarenescyclodextrinscucurbiturilscyclotriveratylenesrotaxanescatenanescomplex 3D architectures, together with trefoils and knotsMacrocycles: development, Chemistry and Nanotechnology purposes distills the essence of this significant subject for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars, and for researchers in different fields drawn to getting a basic perception into this more and more vital category of molecules.

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Over the past centuries chemists have developed a wide range of methods for making and breaking covalent bonds. This has led to the synthesis of such complex molecules as vitamin B12, polypeptides and artificial genes. However, covalent bonds are not solely responsible for linking together and shaping molecular entities; a whole range of noncovalent forces such as hydrogen bonding, CH–π interactions, π–π interactions, dipole interactions and Van der Waals forces are involved in this. It is these interactions which in nature allow the exquisite control of structure required for biological reactions to proceed and for life to exist.

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