Towards Tobacco Mosaic Virus-Like Self-Assembled Supramolecular Architectures
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CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV CLEVELAND OH DEPT OF MACROMOLECULAR SCIENCE
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This paper discusses the molecular design of selected examples of structural units containing taper shaped exo-receptors and various crown ether, oligooxyethylenic, and H-bonding based endo-receptors, which self-assemble into cylindrical channel-like architectures via principles resembling those of tobacco mosaic virus TMV. The ability of these structural units to self- assemble via a delicate combination of exo- and endo-recognition processes will be presented. A comparison between various supramolecular generated via H- bonding, ionic, and electrostatic interactions and molecular polymer backbones will be made. The present limitations concerning the ability to engineer the structural parameters of these supramolecular channel-like architectures and some possible novel material functions derived from them will be briefly mentioned.