Preface. 1: Supramolecular Chemistry - What is this? 2: Molecular and Chiral Recognition. Self-Organization, Self-Assembly and Preorganization. 2.1. Molecular and Chiral Recognition. 2.2. Self-Assembly and Self-Organization. 2.3. The Role of Preorganization in the Synthesis of Topological Molecules. Template Reactions. 2.4. `One-Pot' Reactions. Covalent Self-Assembly Based on Preorganization. 3: Inclusion Complexes: Host-Guest Chemistry. 3.1. Early Development of Host-Guest Chemistry. Pedersen's Works on Crown Ethers. 3.2. Nomenclature. 3.3. The Structure of Inclusion Complexes. 3.4. Dynamic Character of Inclusion Complexes. 3.5. The Complexes Involving Induced Fit and Without It: Endo-hedral Fullerene, Hemicarcerand and Soft Rebek's Tennis Ball-Like Hosts. 4: Mesoscopic Structures as an Intermediate Stage Between Molecules (Micro Scale) on the One Hand and Biological Cells (Macro Scale) on the Other. 4.1. Introduction. 4.2. Medium Sized Molecular Aggregates. 5: Between Classical Organic Chemistry and Biology Understanding and Mimicking Nature. 5.1. Introduction. 5.2. The Role of Self-Organization and Self-Association in the Living Nature. 5.3. Modeling Processes in Living Organisms. 6: On the Border Between Chemistry and Technology - Nanotechnology and Other Industrial Applications of Supramolecular Systems. 6.1. Introduction. 6.2. Between Chemistry and Solid State Physics - Crystal Engineering. Obtaining Crystals With Desired Properties. 6.3. Nanotechnology and Other Industrial Applications of Supramolecular Systems. 6.4. Supramolecular Catalysis. 6.5. Concluding Remarks. 7: The Most Interesting Macrocyclic Ligands which Are Hosts for Inclusion Complexes. 7.1. Crown Ethers and Coronands, Cryptates and Cryptands. 7.2. Calixarenes , Hemispherands, and Spherands. 7.3. Carcerands, Hemicarcerands and Novel `Molecular Flasks' Enabling Preparation and Stabilization of Short-lived Species. 7.4. Cyclodextrins, and Their Complexes. 7.4. Endohedral Fullerene Complexes, Nanotubes and Other Fullerene-based Supramolecular Systems. 7.6. Dendrimers. 7.7. Cyclophanes and Steroids That May Form Inclusion Complexes. 7.8. Anion Binding Receptors and Receptors with Multiple Binding Sites. 8: Other Exciting Supramolecular Systems. 8.1. Introduction. 8.2. Making Use of the Preorganization Phenomenon: Topological Molecules. 8.3. Multiple Hydrogen-bonded Systems. 8.4. Organic Zeolite. 8.5. Metal directed Self-assembly of Complex Supramolecular Architecture: Chains, Racks, Ladders, Grids, Macrocycles, Cages, Nanotubes and Self-Intertwining Strans (Helicates). 9: The Prospects of Future Development of Supramolecular Chemistry. Index.
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