Supra Molecular

Supramolecular chemistry refers to an area of chemistry that specializes in the study of noncovalent interactions within and between molecules.  Traditionally, chemists have focused on studying how atoms and ions are held together by covalent bonds and ionic bonds, and how these bonds are formed and broken during chemical reactions. By contrast, researchers in supramolecular chemistry examine the weaker and reversible noncovalent interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, metal coordination, hydrophobic forces, van der Waals forces, pi-pi interactions, and electrostatic effects.