Development of a coordination chemistry-based approach for functional supramolecular structures

Nathan C. Gianneschi*, Martin S. Masar, Chad A. Mirkin

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The weak-link approach (WLA) to supramolecular assemblies allows for the design of multimetallic two- and three-dimensional arrays, host-guest architectures, sensors, catalysts, switches, and signal amplification devices. This Account describes the course of our investigations in this area beginning with the development of a chemical tool kit of building blocks consisting of multiple metals and ligands. These building blocks can be rationally mixed and matched to provide structures with a wide range of properties that have been used to develop functional supramolecular architectures, including chemical sensors and allosteric catalysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)825-837
Number of pages13
JournalAccounts of chemical research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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