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Volume 40, Issue 4


Chemistry of Small Spaces

Susumu Kitagawa
Published Online: 2018-10-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0402


The fundamental science of materials and life, which has greatly contributed to humanity, lies in atoms and molecules. For two centuries, chemistry focused on synthesizing molecules or “skeletons assembled from atoms.” This approach led to the development of various substances (pharmaceuticals, foods, dyes, pesticides, clothes, plastics, etc.). In the late 20th century, this concept evolved into supramolecular chemistry, where molecules were used as constituents and eventually led to the nanoscience field.

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Susumu Kitagawa

Susumu Kitagawa < > was awarded the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize 2017 for his research in molecular architecture. Kitagawa is Director of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), and Distinguished Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study (KU-IAS) at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

Published Online: 2018-10-29

Published in Print: 2018-10-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 40, Issue 4, Pages 4–9, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0402.

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