Nanoscale Objects: Perspectives Regarding Methodologies for Their Assembly, Covalent Stabilization, and Utilization.

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Wooley, K. L. and Hawker, C. J.;
Functional Molecular Nanostructures
2005
245, 287-305.

In this review, we highlight some of the most recent advances in the design and utilization of organic nanoscale objects. Initially discussed is the preparation of well-defined nanoscale assemblies, typically the precursors of nanoscale objects, by programmed supramolecular interactions, and the subtle interplay between molecular structure and self-assembly is highlighted. The covalent stabilization of these supramolecular structures to produce robust nanoscale objects is then addressed from both intramolecular and intermolecular perspectives. Finally, the evolving field of the utilization of these nanoscale objects is described.