Supramolecular polymer assembly in aqueous solution arising from cyclodextrin host-guest complexation

Jie Wang, Zhiqiang Qiu, Yiming Wang, Li Li, Xuhong Guo, Due Truc Pham, Stephen F. Lincoln, Robert K. Prud'homme

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The employment of cyclodextrin host-guest complexation to construct supramolecular assemblies with an emphasis on polymer networks is reviewed. The main driving force for this supramolecular assembly is host-guest complexation between cyclodextrin hosts and guest groups either of which may be discrete molecular species or substituents on a polymer backbone. The effects of such complexation on properties at the molecular and macroscopic levels are discussed. It is shown that cyclodextrin complexation may be used to design functional polymer materials with tailorable properties, especially for photo-, pH-, thermo- and redox-responsiveness and self-healing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-72
Number of pages23
JournalBeilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
StatePublished - Jan 12 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry


  • Cyclodextrin
  • Host-guest
  • Polymer
  • Smart-material
  • Supramolecular


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