CSSM members Fraser Stoddart and Wenqi (Vince) Liu have published a review entitled, “Emergent Behavior in Nanoconfined Molecular Containers”, now available at this link. Congratulations!
The expression of biological functions, such as enzyme catalysis, immune response, and cargo transport in confined nanospaces, with very different physical and chemical environments from those in bulk solution, is of crucial importance to living systems. The construction of artificial nanoconfined containers, employing molecular engineering, has become a major focus of many molecular scientists in recent times. These molecular containers—with stereochemically well-defined three-dimensional structures—have proved to be powerful platforms in which to build confined nanospaces. The synthetic flexibility provided by molecular containers gives us the opportunity to tune cavity sizes, geometries, and stereoelectronic landscapes, providing versatile binding pockets tailored to match prescribed properties and functions.