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Toward Self-Organization and Complex Matter

Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2400-2403
DOI: 10.1126/science.1071063

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Abstract

Beyond molecular chemistry based on the covalent bond, supramolecular chemistry aims at developing highly complex chemical systems from components interacting through noncovalent intermolecular forces. Over the past quarter century, supramolecular chemistry has grown into a major field and has fueled numerous developments at the interfaces with biology and physics. Some of the conceptual advances and future challenges are profiled here.

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