Cooperative binding in selective sensors, catalysts and actuators

Andrew Robertson, Seiji Shinkai

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This article is concerned with the incorporation of cooperative molecular recognition and metal ion coordination in the design of selective sensors that signal binding events through their optical properties. Sensors that rely on non-specific hydrophobic effects are first considered before looking at the use of specific, directed intermolecular interactions to achieve greater specificity and chiral discrimination. The natural development of the same design concepts to produce catalysts and actuating devices with similar discriminatory abilities is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-199
Number of pages43
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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