Supramolecular engineering via halogen bonding

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Applications of halogen bonding

Applications of halogen bonding


In this HOT Highlight, Franck Meyer and Philippe Dubois discuss the emergence of halogen bonding over the last decade for crystal engineering of supramolecular complexes. Whilst hydrogen bonding has received a great deal of interest in this respect, very little work has focused on halogen bonding until now. The first applications to highly functional materials are presented. Other recent applications have also included solution phase recognition (catalysis, anion sensing and resolution) and macromolecular organizations (porous, polymeric and hybrid systems). Thus, the potential cooperation between weak
non-covalent bonds opens the door for new applications in materials science and synthetic chemistry.

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Halogen bonding at work: recent applications in synthetic chemistry and materials science
Franck Meyer and Philippe Dubois
CrystEngComm, 2012, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE26150B

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