From molecular modules to modular materials
D. G. Kurth, S. Liu, and D. Volkmer
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, D-14424
Potsdam, Germany; University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Chemistry, P.O.
Box 100131, AC1 D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany; National Institute for Materials
Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
Abstract: The combination of metallosupramolecular modules (MEMOs)
as functional and amphiphiles as structural components is presented
in detail to illustrate our current understanding of encapsulation using
surfactants, lipids, and dendrimers. The simplicity of fabrication and
the availability of the starting components allow this technique as
an attractive tool to create new nanoscale molecular materials. The
interaction of amphiphiles and MEMOs occurs spontaneously and is driven
by the release of counterions as well as electrostatic and hydrophobic
*Plenary lecture presented at the 28th International Conference on Solution Chemistry, Debrecen, Hungary, 23-28 August 2003. Other presentations are published in this issue, pp. 1809-1919.
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