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Supramolecular Chemistry

Supramolecular Chemistry
Author: Jonathan W. Steed - Jerry L. Atwood
ISBN 13: 9780470512340
ISBN 10: 470512342
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2009-02-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 1002
List Price: $105.00

Supramolecular chemistry is ‘chemistry beyond the molecule’ - the chemistry of molecular assemblies and intermolecular bonds. It is one of today’s fastest growing disciplines, crossing a range of subjects from biological chemistry to materials science; and from synthesis to spectroscopy.

Supramolecular Chemistry is an up-to-date, integrated textbook that tells the newcomer to the field everything they need to know to get started. Assuming little in the way of prior knowledge, the book covers the concepts behind the subject, its breadth, applications and the latest contemporary thinking in the area. It also includes coverage of the more important experimental and instrumental techniques needed by supramolecular chemists.

The book has been thoroughly updated for this second edition. In addition to the strengths of the very popular first edition, this comprehensive new version expands coverage into a broad range of emerging areas. Clear explanations of both fundamental and nascent concepts are supplemented by up-to-date coverage of exciting emerging trends in the literature. Numerous examples and problems are included throughout the book. A system of “key references” allows rapid access to the secondary literature, and of course comprehensive primary literature citations are provided. A selection of the topics covered is listed below.

  • Cation, anion, ion-pair and molecular host-guest chemistry

  • Crystal engineering

  • Topological entanglement

  • Clathrates

  • Self-assembly,

  • Molecular devices

  • Dendrimers

  • Supramolecular polymers

  • Microfabrication

  • Nanoparticles

  • Chemical emergence

  • Metal-organic frameworks

  • Gels

  • Ionic liquids

  • Supramolecular catalysis

  • Molecular electronics

  • Polymorphism

  • Gas sorption

  • Anion-π interactions

  • Nanochemistry

Supramolecular Chemistry is a must for both students new to the field and for experienced researchers wanting to explore the origins and wider context of their work.


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 (booknews.com)