Dynamic covalent nanoparticle building blocks

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Rational and generalizable methods for engineering surface functionality will be crucial to realizing the technological potential of nanomaterials. Nanoparticle-bound dynamic covalent exchange combines the error-correcting and environment-responsive features of equilibrium processes with the stability, structural precision and vast diversity of covalent chemistry, defining a new and powerful approach for manipulating structure, function and properties at nanomaterial surfaces. Dynamic covalent nanoparticle (DCNP) building blocks thus present a whole host of possibilities for constructing adaptive systems, devices and materials that incorporate both nanoscale and molecular functional components. At the same time, DCNPs have the potential to reveal fundamental insights regarding dynamic and complex chemical systems confined to nanoscale interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10706-10716
Number of pages12
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number31
Early online date17 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2016


  • Dynamic covalent chemistry
  • Nanoparticles
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Surface chemistry


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