Supramolecular chemistry – ‘chemistry beyond molecule’ – is an interdiscplinary field of research at the interface between chemistry, biology and physics. Supramolecular chemistry investigates phenomena in which major role is played by weak intermolecular interactions, such as molecular recognition and self-organisation, and therefore is a basis of biology on one side and nanotechnology on the other.
Our major specialty is organic synthesis, which we apply in two major areas: in supramolecular chemistry of anions and in the construction of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) – crystalline coordination polymers having in their crystal structures empty voids of nanoscopic dimensions (cavities, channels, etc. )
Anions play fundamental roles in a range of biological, chemical, medical, and environmental processes. In our laboratory we design, synthesise and investigate anion receptors with improved affinities, selectivities and sensitivities.
MOFs (Metal-Organic Frameworks) are easily tunable, regular, porous architectures, which provide unique nanoenvironment for catalysis; environment that might be compared to that of active sites of enzymes…