About this Research Topic
Molecular self-assembly is a spontaneous process of formation of ordered structures under thermodynamic and kinetic conditions as a consequence of specific and local interactions of the molecules themselves. It is the most promising practical low-cost and high-throughput approach for nanofabrication. The nanostructures or functional supramolecular entities fabricated from several organic building blocks, including biomolecules, attract the scientific community due to their ability for specific molecular recognition, easy chemical and biological modification and availability for bottom-up fabrication. Many biomolecules such as lipids, nucleic acids, proteins and peptides, can self-assemble into highly ordered supramolecular architectures. More importantly, proper functionalization of self-assembled structures can find their potential uses in chemistry as well as nanotechnology like the design of molecular motors, delivery of therapeutic agents, development of energy storage devices, molecular sensors, bioimaging and guest encapsulation.
Fabrication of functional nanostructures with various morphologies using and resource saving bottom-up techniques such as self-assembly has become an intense topic of research. The primary goal of this Research Topic is to become the point of reference in the design and synthesis for smaller and cheaper building blocks with enhanced performance. We aim to compile strategies for the fabrication of complex supramolecular architectures in a controlled fashion by tuning the several self-assembly controlling parameters. In this context, molecular self-assembly offers a perfect solution to reach this target. Therefore, the primary objective will be the development of functional nanostructures with different morphologies from newly designed building blocks (with chemical and biological modification), which can find their precise application and solve several problems related to chemistry and chemical biology. Furthermore, the exploration of the mechanism of the self-assembly process and mechanical property of developed functional structures will prove a better insight in this area for future development.
We welcome Original Research and Review articles, in themes including but not limited to:
• Design and synthesis of novel, smaller, cost effective nanostructures
• Strategies for tuning the self-assembly of nanostructures to develop complex supramolecular architectures in a controlled fashion
• Development of functional nanostructures from newly designed building blocks using chemical and biological modifications
• Studies on the mechanism of the self-assembly process and mechanical properties of novel functional nanostructures.
Keywords: self-assembly, Crystal engineering, supramolecular chemistry, Nanocomposites, Nano fabrication
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