Adaptive supramolecular nanomaterials based on strong noncovalent interactions

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Noncovalent systems are adaptive and allow facile processing and recycling. Can they be at the same time robust? How can one rationally design such systems? Can they compete with high-performance covalent materials? The recent literature reveals that noncovalent systems can be robust yet adaptive, self-healing, and recyclable, featuring complex nanoscale structures and unique functions. We review such systems, focusing on the rational design of strong noncovalent interactions, kinetically controlled pathway-dependent processes, complexity, and function. The overview of the recent examples points at the emergent field of noncovalent nanomaterials that can represent a versatile, multifunctional, and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional covalent systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6791-6818
Number of pages28
JournalACS nano
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 27 2011


  • adaptive materials
  • adaptivity
  • complexity
  • host-guest interactions
  • hydrogel
  • hydrogen bond
  • hydrophobic interactions
  • ionic self-assembly
  • kinetic control
  • nanomaterials
  • nanoparticle assembly
  • nanoparticles
  • nanostructure
  • noncovalent bond
  • noncovalent network
  • noncovalent synthesis
  • nonequilibrium self-assembly
  • pathway-dependent self-assembly
  • recyclable material
  • recycling
  • self-assembly
  • self-assembly mechanism
  • stimuli-responsive materials
  • supramolecular gel
  • supramolecular multivalency
  • supramolecular polymer
  • supramolecular reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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