Application of Photophysics to the Study of Supramolecular Dynamics

Authored by: Tamara C.S. Pace , Cornelia Bohne

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
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Supramolecular systems are assemblies of two or more individual molecular components, held together through noncovalent forces. These intermolecular interactions can include hydrogen bonds, electro-static interactions, π-stacking, and the hydrophobic effect. 15 In general, intermolecular interactions are weaker than covalent bonds and thus reversible. Such reversibility is an important feature of supramolecular systems, contributing to the functions that can be obtained, and dictating that dynamics play a crucial role in defining the characteristics of the system.

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