Adhesive supramolecular polymeric materials constructed from macrocycle-based host–guest interactions

Xiaofan Ji, Mehroz Ahmed, Lingliang Long, Niveen M. Khashab, Feihe Huang, Jonathan L Sessler

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Nature uses the power of non-covalent interactions as the basis for many kinds of adhesion phenomena. Inspired by nature, scientists have prepared various synthetic adhesive materials that rely on a number of non-covalent interactions at the interfaces. Commonly used non-covalent interactions include hydrogen bonding, π-π stacking, charge transfer interactions, electrostatic interactions, hydrophobic interactions, macrocycle-based host-guest interactions, among others. Within this context, macrocycle-based host-guest interactions are of particular interest. Often they give rise to distinct properties, such as multiple combined noncovalent interactions and a diversity of stimuli-based responsiveness. In this tutorial review, we will summarise recent advances in adhesive supramolecular polymeric materials that rely primarily on macrocycle-based host-guest interactions. An overview of future challenges and a perspective of this sub-field are also provided.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2682-2697
Number of pages16
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KAUST-CRG 2017
Acknowledgements: N. M. K. and J. L. S. thank the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for support of this work (grant KAUST-CRG 2017). Acknowledgment is made to the donors of The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for partial support of this research (grant no. 56925-ND7 to J. L. S.). Further support from the Robert A. Welch Foundation (F-0018 to J. L. S.) and Shanghai University is acknowledged. F. H. thanks the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21434005) for financial support.


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