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Pure Appl. Chem., 2010, Vol. 82, No. 4, pp. 917-929

Published online 2010-03-20

Mastering nanostructured materials through H‑bonding recognitions at interfaces

Stefan Mohnani1,2, Anna Llanes-Pallas2 and Davide Bonifazi1,2*

1 Department of Chemistry, University of Namur, Rue de Bruxelles 61, B-5000, Namur, Belgium
2 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Trieste, Piazzale Europa 1, I-34127, Trieste, Italy

Abstract: The controlled engineering of functional architectures composed of π-systems with unusual opto-electronic properties is currently being investigated intensively from both fundamental research and technological application viewpoints. In particular, the exploitation of the supramolecular approach for the facile construction of multidimensional architectures, featuring cavities capable of hosting functional molecules, could be used in several applications, such as nanomedicine, molecular-based memory storage devices, and sensors. This paper highlights our recent strategies to use hydrogen-bonding interactions to prepare nanostructured functional architectures via the self-assembly of organic molecular modules studied at different interfaces.