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Acc Chem Res. 2001 Mar;34(3):231-8.

Molecule-mimetic chemistry and mesoscale self-assembly.

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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.


Molecules are structured aggregates of atoms joined by chemical bonds; crystals are aggregates of molecules, interacting covalently or noncovalently. The work described in this Account uses molecules, crystals, and other forms of atomic/molecular matter to suggest principles that can be used in generating structured aggregates of millimeter-scale components, interacting through capillary interactions. The properties of these aggregates--that is, their "chemistry"--mimic aspects of the chemistry of molecules.

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