Supramolecular Chemistry / Edition 1

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Starting from the basics, this new book provides a thorough introduction to supramolecular chemistry, covering the theory behind the subject and how the theory is applied. It also includes coverage of the more important techniques needed by supramolecular chemists, such as X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, potentiometric titration, electrochemistry, fluoroimetry, TGA and DSC. These techniques are carefully introduced where appropriate, and always from the supramolecular chemists perspective. The book includes numerous examples and problems and has web pointers where appropriate, and its own website, to include updated information and additional material.


  • Coverage of important techniques at relevant places in the text
  • Many examples and problems together with the URLs of interesting and relevant sites
  • A web site with additional information, and the latest developments

CONTENTS: Historical Development of Supramolecular Chemistry; Concepts; The Supramolecular Chemistry of Life; Cation Binding Hosts; Anion Binding Hosts; Binding of Neural Molecules; Self Assembly; Liquid Crystals and Liquid Clathrates; Theoretical Treatments and Databases; Applications; Glossary; Answers; Index.


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"...a timely publication...I can thoroughly recommend this book" (Chemistry in Britain, January 2001)

"This is an excellent book...I highly recommend it..." (ChemWeb, 24th January 2001 )

"this book is an excellent reference work for anyone interested in the chemistry of technetium. This book is groundbreaking and will help to foster new courses at university level..." (Applied Organometallic Chemistry, March 2001)

"It brilliantly covers both the breadth and depth of supramolecular chemistry. This is an excellent book, and I highly recommend It.." (The Alchemist, 16th March 2001)

"Steed and Atwood's excellent book is highly recommended as a latter day Rosetta Stone for those students and professional chemists wishing to become fluent in the exciting new language of supramolecular chemistry." (Jnl of Inclusion Phenomena Macrocylic Chemistry, Vol.40 No.327 2001)

"a welcome, timely and valuable publication" (Synthesis, No.3 2002

A text on origins and scope of supramolecular chemistry, covering theory, how theory is applied, and techniques used by supramolecular chemists. Explains key systems of the field and its jargon, nomenclature, and concepts, with chapters on the supramolecular chemistry of life, cation-binding hosts, binding of anions, binding of neutral molecules, crystal engineering, templates and self-assembly, molecular devices, biological mimics, and liquid interfaces, crystals, and clathrates. For students new to the field and for experienced researchers wanting to explore the origins and wider context of their work. Steed is affiliated with King's College, UK; Atwood with the University of Missouri-Columbia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471987918
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 772
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan W. Steed was born in London, UK in 1969. He obtained his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at University College London, working with Derek Tocher on coordination and organometallic chemistry directed towards inorganic drugs and new metal-mediated synthesis methodologies. He graduated in 1993, winning the Ramsay Medal for his Ph.D. work. Between 1993 and 1995 he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama and University of Missouri, working with Jerry Atwood. In 1995 he was appointed as a Lecturer at Kings College London and in 1998 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Meldola Medal. In 2004 he joined Durham University where he is currently Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. As well as Supramolecular Chemistry (2000) Professor Steed is co-author of the textbook Core Concepts in Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanochemistry (2007) and more than 200 research papers. He has published a large number of reviews, book chapters and popular articles as well as two major edited works, the Encyclopaedia of Supramolecular Chemistry (2004) and Organic Nanostructures (2008). He has been an Associate Editor of New Journal of Chemistry since 2001 and is the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching (2006). His interests are in supramolecular sensing and molecular materials chemistry.

Jerry L. Atwood was born in Springfield MO, USA in 1942. He attended Southwest Missouri State University, where he obtained his B.S. degree in 1964. He carried out graduate research with Galen Stuckey at the University of Illinois, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1968. He was immediately appointed asan Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, where he rose through Associate Professor (1972) to full Professor in 1978. In 1994 he was appointed Professor and Chair at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Professor Atwood is the author of more than 600 scientific publications. His research interests revolve around a number of themes in supramolecular chemistry including gas storage and separation and the control of confi ned space. He has also worked on the self-assembly of noncovalent capsules, liquid clathrate chemistry, anion binding and fundamental solid state interactions, and is a world-renown crystallographer. He co-founded the journals Supramolecular Chemistry (1992) and Journal of Inclusion Phenomena (1983). He has edited an enormous range of seminal works in supramolecular chemistry including the fi ve-volume series Inclusion Compounds (1984 and 1991) and the 11-volume Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry (1996). In 2000 he was awarded the Izatt-Christensen Prize in Supramolecular Chemistry.

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Table of Contents

Definition and development of Supramolecular Chemistry
Classification of Supramolecular Host -
Guest Compounds
Receptors, Coordination and the Lock and Key Analogy
The Chelate and Macrocyclic Effects
Preorganisation and Complementarity
Thermodynamic and Kinetic Selectivity
Nature of Supramolecular Interactions
The Supramolecular Chemistry of Life
Alkali Metal Cations in Biochemistry
Porphyrins and Tetrapyrrole Macrocycles
Supramolecular Features of Plant of Photosynthesis
Uptake and transport of Oxygen by Haemoglobin
Coenzyme B_12
Neurotransmitters and Hormones
Biochemical Self Assembly
Viagra(r): Beyond the Hype
Cation-Binding Hosts
The Crown Ethers
Lariat Ethers and Podands
The Spherands
Solution Behaviour
Selectivity of Cation Complexation
The Macrocyclic, Macrobicyclic and Template Effects
Preorganisation and Complementarity
Soft Ligands for Soft Metal Ions
Complexation of Organic Cations
Alkalides and Electrides
The Calixarenes
Carbon Donor and -acid Ligands
The Siderophones
Binding of Anions
Biological Anion Receptors
Concepts in Anion Host Design
From Cation Hosts to Anion Hosts - a Simple Change in pH
Guanidinium-Based Receptors
Organometallic Receptors
Neutral Receptors
Hydride Sponge and Other Lewis Acid Chelates
Coordination Interactions
Binding of Neutral Molecules
Inorganic Solid-State Clathrate Compounds
Solid-State Clathrates of Organic Hosts
Intracavity Complexes of Neutral Molecules: Solution and Solid-State Binding
Supramolecular Chemistry of the Fullerenes
Crystal Engineering
Crystal Structure Prediction
The Cambridge Crystallographic Structural Database
Crystal Engineering of Diamondoid Lattices
Crystal Engineering with Hydrogen Bonds
Hydrogen Bonds to Carbon Monoxide
Weak Hydrogen Bonds
Hydrogen Bonds to Metals and Metal Hydrides
- Stacking
Other Interactions
Awkward Shapes and Mismatch
Coordination Polymers
Biomimetic Structures
Mixed Crystals: Hourglass Inclusions
Templates and Self-Assembly
Biochemical Self-Assembly
Self-Assembly in Synthetic Systems: Kinetic and Thermodynamic Considerations
Self-Assembling Coordination Compounds
Self-Assembly of Closed Complexes by Hydrogen Bonding
Catenanes and Rotaxanes
Molecular Knots
Catalytic and Self-Replicating Systems
Molecular Devices
Supramolecular Photochemistry
Information and Signals: Semiochemistry
Molecular Electronic Devices: Switches, Wires and Rectifiers
Machines Based on Catenanes and Rotaxanes
Nonlinear Optical Materials
Biological Mimics
Characteristics of Enzymes
Cyclodextrins as Enzyme Mimics
Corands as ATPase Mimics
Cation-Binding Hosts as Transacyclase Mimics
Haem Analogues
Vitamin B_12 Models
Liquid Interfaces, Liquid Crystals and Liquid Clathrates
Order in Liquids
Surfactants and Interfacial Ordering
Liquid Crystals
Liquid Clathrates
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