Supramolecular perspectives in colloid science

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Supramolecular chemistry puts emphasis on molecular assemblies held together by non-covalent bonds. As such, it is very close in spirit to colloid science which also focuses on objects which are small, but beyond the molecular scale, and for which other forces than covalent bonds are crucial. We discuss in this review the preparation and properties of new colloidal systems which borrow on the one hand from classical topics in colloid science, such as micellization, and on the other hand from concepts in supramolecular chemistry, such as reversible supramolecular polymers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-864
JournalColloid and Polymer Science
Issue number8-9
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • coacervate core micelles
  • coordination polymers
  • block-copolymers
  • transitions
  • symmetry
  • forces

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