Supramolecular aggregation/disaggregation-based molecular sensing: a review focused on investigations from China
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Supramolecular aggregation and disaggregation induced by external stimuli can impact the optical or electrical signals of the aggregates/constituting units (receptors). Therefore, manipulating supramolecular aggregation/disaggregation has recently been employed to construct novel and promising photoluminescence (PL)-based sensing and recognition systems. The sensing systems were capable of substantially enhancing the sensitivity, relying on cooperative interactions occurring in the assembly/disassembly processes (mostly operating in emission turned-on or emission-enhanced mode). This review focuses mainly on recent advances in the new emerging PL-based sensing platforms, based on manipulating the behaviours of supramolecular aggregation/disaggregation, including aggregation-induced emission (AIE), metallophilic interactions-related sensing (metallophilic interactions-induced aggregation/disaggregation), metal coordination polymers-related sensing, and other sensing systems involving supramolecular aggregation/disaggregation. In particular, those sensing systems developed by scientists in China are summarized and highlighted. Copyright (c) 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.