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Pure Appl. Chem., 2004, Vol. 76, No. 10, pp. 1847-1867

From molecular modules to modular materials

D. G. Kurth, Shaoqin Liu and D. Volkmer

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, D-14424 Potsdam, Germany; University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Chemistry, P.O. Box 100131, AC1 D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany; National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan

Abstract: The combination of metallosupramolecular modules (MEMOs) as functional and amphiphiles as structural components is presented in detail to illustrate our current understanding of encapsulation using surfactants, lipids, and dendrimers. The simplicity of fabrication and the availability of the starting components allow this technique as an attractive tool to create new nanoscale molecular materials. The interaction of amphiphiles and MEMOs occurs spontaneously and is driven by the release of counterions as well as electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions.