Functional supramolecular nanomaterials: Robust yet adaptive

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Self-assembled nanoscale systems that are robust yet adaptive and prone to facile fabrication and reversible disassembly are of primary importance for creating multifunctional adaptive nanomaterials. We introduce the emergent field of robust noncovalent nanomaterials and, using this context, present our work on water-based noncovalent materials, including membranes that can be used for size-selective separations of nanoparticles and biomolecules. We will also describe emerging rational design principles for creating highly ordered functional nanoarrays assembled from well-defined molecular units, enabling a general approach to photonic nanomaterials. These findings advance a paradigm of noncovalent nanomaterials as a versatile and environmentally friendly alternative to covalent systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number87250E
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Aug 12 2013
Event2013 Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications V Conference - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Apr 29 2013May 3 2013


  • Adaptive materials
  • Hydrogels
  • Hydrophobic interactions
  • Membranes
  • Organic nanocrystals
  • Recyclable materials
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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