Supramolecular self-assembly of main group element cages

The synthesis and characterisation of supramolecular species can present new challenges from the more traditional branches of synthetic chemistry. Our recent work into supramolecular cages formed through self-assembly has shown that the inclusion of main group element motifs bestows useful host-guest and catalytic properties to the resulting supramolecular assemblies, which offers increased potential for a range of applications. Further studies into this work would also explore potential magnetic effects of this new class of supramolecular assemblies with respect to the transition metals incorporated into the scaffolds.