The crystal engineering of materials on the nanoscale has attracted attention from
various fields of research. Using bottom-up assembly strategies, a wide range of
functional systems can be accessed.
We have recently started to build nanostructured, supramolecular crystals, where
compartmentalized structures on the the low nanometer-scale can be incorporated by
a range of synthetic techniques. One route is the use of amphiphilic organic groups
which enable us to build small, regular hydrophobic cavities within an hydrophilic
framework. This forms the basis for further studies focusing on selective guest binding
an reactivity within these voids.