Collaborative routes to clarifying the murky waters of aqueous supramolecular chemistry

Paul S. Cremer, Amar H. Flood, Bruce C. Gibb, David L. Mobley

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Abstract

On planet Earth, water is everywhere: The majority of the surface is covered with it; it is a key component of all life; its vapour and droplets fill the lower atmosphere; and even rocks contain it and undergo geomorphological changes because of it. A community of physical scientists largely drives studies of the chemistry of water and aqueous solutions, with expertise in biochemistry, spectroscopy and computer modelling. More recently, however, supramolecular chemists-with their expertise in macrocyclic synthesis and measuring supramolecular interactions-have renewed their interest in water-mediated non-covalent interactions. These two groups offer complementary expertise that, if harnessed, offer to accelerate our understanding of aqueous supramolecular chemistry and water writ large. This Review summarizes the state-of-the-art of the two fields, and highlights where there is latent chemical space for collaborative exploration by the two groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalNature Chemistry
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 19 2017

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Cremer, Paul S. ; Flood, Amar H. ; Gibb, Bruce C. ; Mobley, David L. / Collaborative routes to clarifying the murky waters of aqueous supramolecular chemistry. In: Nature Chemistry. 2017 ; Vol. 10, No. 1. pp. 8-16.
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Collaborative routes to clarifying the murky waters of aqueous supramolecular chemistry. / Cremer, Paul S.; Flood, Amar H.; Gibb, Bruce C.; Mobley, David L.

In: Nature Chemistry, Vol. 10, No. 1, 19.12.2017, p. 8-16.

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