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Functional systems derived from nucleobase self-assembly

Prado, Anselmo, González-Rodríguez, David and Wu, Yi-Lin 2020. Functional systems derived from nucleobase self-assembly. ChemistryOpen 9 (4) , pp. 409-430. 10.1002/open.201900363

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Abstract

Dynamic and reversible non‐covalent interactions endow synthetic systems and materials with smart adaptive functions that allow them to response to diverse stimuli, interact with external agents, or repair structural defects. Inspired by the outstanding performance and selectivity of DNA in living systems, scientists are increasingly employing Watson−Crick nucleobase pairing to control the structure and properties of self‐assembled materials. Two sets of complementary purine‐pyrimidine pairs (guanine:cytosine and adenine:thymine(uracil)) are available that provide selective and directional H‐bonding interactions, present multiple metal‐coordination sites, and exhibit rich redox chemistry. In this review, we highlight several recent examples that profit from these features and employ nucleobase interactions in functional systems and materials, covering the fields of energy/electron transfer, charge transport, adaptive nanoparticles, porous materials, macromolecule self‐assembly, or polymeric materials with adhesive or self‐healing ability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 2191-1363
Funders: European Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 April 2020
Date of Acceptance: 21 February 2020
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 09:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/130756

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