2020 Advanced Supramolecular Science

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Fukushima Takanori  Yoshizawa Michito 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course will focus on the fundamental concepts of supramolecular chemistry by describing intermolecular interactions, analytical methods for intermolecular interactions, host-guest chemistry, and functions of supramolecular structures.
[Aim of the course] Supramolecular chemistry, the chemistry of molecular assemblies formed by non-covalent intermolecular interactions, is now one of the most important disciplines across a range of areas from biological chemistry to materials science. The aim of this course is to facilitate students' understanding of the basis of supramolecular chemistry as well as the design concepts of supramolecular structures.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain various intermolecular interactions. 2) Explain host-guest chemistry. 3) Design supramolecular structures.


Supramolecular chemistry, Intermolecular interaction, Host-guest chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course will proceed in the following order: (1) intermolecular interactions, (2) analytical methods for intermolecular interactions, (3) host-guest chemistry, and (4) design of supramolecular structures. Students' understanding will be confirmed by question-and-answer in each topic.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 General introduction and Intermolecular interactions (1): Coulomb force and dipole-dipole force Explain general background, Coulomb force, and dipole-dipole force.
Class 2 Intermolecular interactions (2): hydrogen bond and hydrophobic effect Explain hydrogen bond and hydrophobic effect
Class 3 Analytical methods for intermolecular interactions Explain analytical methods for intermolecular interactions
Class 4 Host-guest chemistry: ion recognition and molecular recognition Explain ion recognition and molecular recognition
Class 5 Design of hydrogen-bonded supramolecules Design hydrogen-bonded supramolecules
Class 6 Design of coordination supramolecules Design coordination supramolecules
Class 7 Examination and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve problems from the contents of this class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning results will be evaluated by question-and-answer (50%) and exams (50%).

Related courses

  • Advanced Coordination Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Materials Chemistry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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