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Supramolecular complex of a chloride ion, cucurbit[5]uril, and cucurbit[10]uril.
An example of a host-guest chemistry.
host-guest complex with a p-xylylenediammonium bound within a cucurbituril.
Intramolecular self-assembly of a foldamer.

Supramolecular chemistry is area of chemistry that studies the relationship and linking molecules into bigger systems. It focuses on the chemical systems made up of a discrete number of assembled molecular subunits or components.[2][3][4] The study of non-covalent interactions is crucial to understanding many biological processes from cell structure to vision that rely on these forces for structure and function. Biological systems are often the inspiration for supramolecular research.

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  1. Hasenknopf, Bernold; Lehn, Jean-Marie; Kneisel, Boris O.; Baum, Gerhard; Fenske, Dieter (1996). "Self-Assembly of a Circular Double Helicate". Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 35 (16): 1838. doi:10.1002/anie.199618381 . 
  2. Lehn JM (1993). "Supramolecular chemistry". Science 260 (5115): 1762–3. doi:10.1126/science.8511582 . PMID 8511582 . 
  3. Supramolecular Chemistry, J.-M. Lehn, Wiley-VCH (1995)

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    ISBN 978-3527293117
  4. Gennady V. Oshovsky, David N. Reinhoudt, Willem Verboom (2007). "Supramolecular Chemistry in Water". Angewandte Chemie International Edition 46 (14): 2366–2393. doi:10.1002/anie.200602815 . PMID 17370285 . 

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  • 2D and 3D Models of Dodecahedrane and Cuneane Assemlies [1]
  • Supramolecular Chemistry - Thematic Series in the Open Access Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry