Supramolecular Chemistry | BSc & MSc.


  • A supramolecular assembly is a complex of molecules held together by non covalent bonds.
  • Colloids, liquid crystals, bimolecular condensates, micelles, liposome’s and biological membranes are examples of supramolecular assemblies.
  • The dimensions of supramolecular assemblies can range from nanometers to micrometers.

What do Supramolecules mean?

  • Definition of supramolecular : more complex than a molecule also composed of many molecules

How Supramolecules are formed?

  • Supramolecular structures are a result of various non covalent interactions, including van deer Waals interaction, electrostatic interaction, hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interaction, coordination, etc., some of which are often cooperatively working in one supramolecular complex

Why supramolecular is important?

  • A supramolecular approach has been used extensively to create artificial ion channels for the transport of sodium and potassium ions into and out of cells. Supramolecular chemistry is also important to the development of new pharmaceutical therapies by understanding the interactions at a drug binding site.

What is the scope of supramolecular chemistry?

Supramolecular chemistry is the chemistry of the

  • intermolecular bond,
  • covering the structures and
  • functions of the entities formed by association of two or more chemical species.

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