Control over nanoscale organization is one of the main challenges of contemporary research. As increasingly complex functions are required, creation of complex functional nanoscale structures is critical. We believe that this challenge can be addressed using unique properties of hydrophobic interactions. In Nature, self-assembly in aqueous medium is responsible for robustness, complexity, and adaptivity, which characterize exceptionally efficient and diverse functionality of biological systems. Hydrophobic interactions play a key role as regards the structural and functional uniqueness of the living organisms. Despite their noncovalent nature, hydrophobic forces can be very strong. At the same time, attenuation of hydrophobicity through various mechanisms can lead to a high degree of adaptivity, resulting in unique structural and functional control. 

Highlights on our work:

1. Angewandte Chemie: Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly of PEO-Functionalized Perylene Bisimides: Supramolecular Diversity from a Limited Set of Molecular Building Blocks. Jan Gebers, Damien Rolland, Holger Frauenrath,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 4480-4483.

2. Nature Nanotechnology - News and Views: Supramolecular Structures: Robust Materials from Weak Forces. Carsten Schmuck, Nature Nanotechnology 2011, 6, 136-137.

3. RCS Chemistry World: Novel Nanoparticle Filter. James Urquhart. RCS Chemistry World 2011.

4. American Scientist:
Little Interactions Mean a Lot. Roald Hoffmann. American Scientist 2014, 102, 94-97.


Our work has been recently summarized in a concept article:
Elisha Krieg and Boris Rybtchinski. Noncovalent Water-Based Materials: Robust Yet Adaptive. Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 33, 9016-9026.

Our recent review on adaptive noncovalent nanomaterials:
Boris Rybtchinski.  Adaptive Supramolecular Nanomaterials Based on Strong Noncovalent Iinteractions. ACS Nano, 2011, 5, 6791–6818

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