Supramolecular Chemistry (M.Sc.)

Students will learn about the fundamental aspects of this discipline, as well as selected current research trends and applications. Chapter 1 gives an overview on the history of the field and introduces key terminology, concepts and (spectroscopic) techniques. Chapters 2 and 3 focus on the processes that form the basis of supramolecular chemistry: non-covalent interactions, mostly between host and guest molecules (and ions), and the dynamic assembly of larger superstructures from small building blocks (bottom-up approach towards nanomaterials). Chapter 4 covers molecular machines, a fascinating topic of intense current research and chapter 5 discusses the applications of supramolecular chemistry, both in other research areas (e.g. catalysis) and in everyday products (e.g. in the air freshener Febreze). 


Recommended textbook: J. W. Steed, J. L. Atwood, “Supramolecular Chemistry”, Wiley 2009 (2nd edition).


Time and location: Tuesday, 10:15 - 11:55 am, H10.

Lecture contents

  • Chapter 1: Concepts and Techniques

  • Chapter 2: Host-Guest Chemistry

  • Chapter 3: Self-Assembly

  • Chapter 4: Molecular Machines

  • Chapter 5: Applications of Supramolecular Chemistry

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