2019 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

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist 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 of supramolecular chemistry Explain the general background of supramolecular chemistry
Class 2 Intermolecular interactions (1): Coulomb force and dipole-dipole force Explain Coulomb force and dipole-dipole force.
Class 3 Intermolecular interactions (2): hydrogen bond and hydrophobic effect Explain hydrogen bond and hydrophobic effect
Class 4 Analytical methods for intermolecular interactions Explain analytical methods for intermolecular interactions
Class 5 Host-guest chemistry (1): ion recognition Explain ion recognition
Class 6 Host-guest chemistry (2): molecular recognition Explain molecular recognition
Class 7 Design of hydrogen-bonded supramolecules Design hydrogen-bonded supramolecules
Class 8 Design of coordination supramolecules Design coordination supramolecules


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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