Virginia Tech chemistry graduate student Nori Yamaguchi and professor Harry W. Gibson are using the basic, familiar tool of hydrogen bonding to allow self-assembly to create large aggregate structures for the creation of fibers or for transport of target molecules. In presentations at the 217th American Chemical Society national meeting in Anaheim March 21-26, the chemists will describe how, using the same components -- crown ethers as hosts and secondary ammonium ions as guests, they have created two different, novel, and reversible structures based on hydrogen-bonding.
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